What to do when you receive an eviction notice
If you received a demand for rent, an eviction notice, or an eviction lawsuit, you’re in the right place. We have information to help you understand your rights and to learn what next steps you can take.
You can protect yourself from eviction. Many renters today have the right to postpone their eviction, if the eviction is for not paying rent.
1. Get free housing help
You can speak to a local expert in your area. Housing counselors can help you understand your rights and find any rental assistance you may qualify for. Contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s housing counseling program.
- Call (800) 569-4287 or find a housing counselor
- You can also apply for emergency help with rent and utility bills. .
2. Use the CDC Declaration form to postpone eviction
You may have the right to stay in your home. In many places, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allows renters to temporarily delay eviction until June 30, 2021.
3. Check for state and local protections
Your state, city, or local area may have protections for renters. If not, or if they expire before June 30, 2021, you can take advantage of the CDC Declaration.
4. Find free legal help for your situation
Eviction often requires court filings and appearances. Find a lawyer who can help.