Eviction Moratorium Ending July 31, 2021
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act was signed into law in response to economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. A part of this Act was a moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent. Through extensions provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the eviction moratorium was extended multiple times. The latest eviction moratorium extension signed by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is now set to expire on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The CDC has indicated that this is the final extension of the moratorium.
After this extension expiration period, landlords and property management companies will have the authority to resume evictions for non-payment of rent. Additionally, landlords and property management can pursue back payment of rent that accrued over the moratorium period.
I still cannot afford to pay my rent, what are my options?
- Center for Family Resources, based in Marietta, can help administer the rental assistance funds and provide assistance to those who qualify.
- Star-C is a non-profit that works to reduce transiency in affordable/workforce apartment communities. Cobb County has partnered with Star-C to help people impacted by COVID-19 avoid evictions in affordable/workforce apartment communities.
- Cobb Homesaver Program – In an effort to aid renters adversely affected by COVID-19, qualified renters who currently reside in single-family homes, condos, attached homes, and apartments in Cobb County can now apply for up $4,800 to help pay their rent.
- MUST Ministries – If you are a Cobb County or Cherokee County resident who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants.
- Sweetwater Mission is awarding funding to assist ONLY Cobb County Residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are past due on rental payments.
- The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 12 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. (Click here to see if you qualify.)
For an additional list of resources, visit the Cobb COVID Assistance Center page.