“The Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19” was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Effective Sept. 4, 2020, the Eviction Moratorium expires at the end of the year and applies nationally to any state, local, territorial, or tribal area that does not have a moratorium with the same or a greater level of protection on residential evictions, with the exception of the American Samoa. A landlord’s failure to comply may result in jail time or a fine up to $500,000. To legally invoke the protections under the Eviction Moratorium, residential tenants are required to declare they meet a series of requirements. When the moratorium ends, tenants will be required to pay deferred rent, plus penalties and interest.