What is the CDC Eviction Moratorium?

Under this Order, a landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person with a legal right to pursue eviction will not evict any person from any residential property within Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula, Ohio.

This Order is a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order does not relieve any individual of any obligation to pay rent, make a housing payment, or comply with any other obligation that the individual may have under a tenancy, lease, or similar contract. Nothing in this Order precludes the charging or collecting of fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis, under the terms of any applicable contract.

How does the CDC`s order work?

To invoke the CDC’s order, an individual must provide a signed copy of the CDC Declaration form to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. An individual should keep a copy for their records. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should likewise complete and provide a declaration. Unless the CDC order is extended, changed, or ended, the order prevents these persons from being evicted or removed from where they are living through December 31, 2020. These persons are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of their lease and rules of the place where they live. These persons may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent.

Steps to submit the declaration form:

  1. Read the declaration
  2.  Sign the declaration- when you sign this document you are signing under penalty of perjury. Please make sure all the statements are truthful and apply to your household.
  3. Make a copy of your signed document-
    1. Keep one copy for your records
    2. Give the second copy to your landlord

Your landlord should not evict you after the submission of the declaration form. If your landlord continues to take the necessary steps to evict you within the municipal court, take a copy of the signed declaration with you to provide to the judge. Each municipality is handling eviction cases differently.

Please download this form CDCDeclaration


If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance submitting the CDC Declaration to your housing provider please do not hesitate to contact one of our housing counselors at (440)392-0147.

For more information and guidance regarding the CDC`s order you may visit their website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html .

This information was provided by the CDC on September 2, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020.


This information was updated September 28, 2020 by Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.