CARES ACT EVICTION BAN SET TO EXPIRE ON JULY 25, 2020
The federal CARES Act imposed a four-month pause on evicting tenants from properties that have a federally-backed mortgage. Of course, this law applied to some Alabama landlords and prevented them from evicting nonpaying tenants from March 25, 2020 through July 25, 2020. As of the writing of this article -- Friday, July 24 -- Congress has not reached a deal to extend the CARES Act eviction ban. Therefore, evictions from rental properties subject to the CARES Act can resume on Monday, July 27, 2020 unless Congress reaches a deal over the weekend that involves an extension of the eviction ban. Landlords with a federally-backed mortgage or Section 8 housing should keep in mind that they must serve a 30-day notice of default on non-paying tenants to begin the eviction process, so it would be late August before eviction lawsuits can be filed on these properties. This information is subject to change as Congress considers new legislation related to COVID-19.