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Connecticut Evictions Moratorium Extended

On September 30, 2020 the Governor extended the Connecticut eviction moratorium in some cases via Executive Order to December 31, 2020.

Please note that at the federal level the CDC earlier extended the eviction moratorium to December 31, 2020 when certain processes are followed. Note: There are significant penalties for landlords who fail to comply with the CDC requirements. This link has information from NAR about the CDC requirements for landlords and tenants.

The CT Fair Housing Center has provided their analysis of the Connecticut eviction moratorium, printed verbatim below.

Connecticut Eviction Moratorium Extended through December 31, 2020: Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 9E extending the Connecticut eviction moratorium for some tenants. However, landlords may serve Notices to Quit and Summary Process complaints for serious nuisance, a bona fide desire by the landlord to use the unit as their primary residence, and "serious nonpayment of rent," which is defined as a rent arrearage equal to or greater than six months' worth of rent due on or after March 1, 2020.

What Executive Order 9E does:  The Connecticut moratorium:

  1. Prohibits the service of a Notice to Quit or a Summary Process complaint through December 31 for some tenants;

  2. Requires landlords to serve a CDC Declaration with the Notice to Quit in both English and Spanish;

  3. Mandates that once a landlord receives a CDC declaration, they must immediately cease all action to evict through December 31;

  4. Requires that any notice to quit or summary process complaint for "serious nonpayment of rent" must state the amount of the rent arrearage, the months for which rent was unpaid, and the amount unpaid for each of those months.

What Executive Order 9E does NOT do:

  1. It does not prohibit the service of a notice to quit or summary process complaint if the tenant a) owes rent that was due on or before February 29, 2020; b) has created a serious nuisance; c) has a lease that expired and the landlord wants to occupy the unit; d) has a rent arrearage equal to or greater that six months' worth of rent due on or after March 1, 2020 (this is a "serious nonpayment of rent" under EO 9E);

  2. It does not stop the courts from processing and issuing judgments in cases that were filed before the Connecticut moratorium began, or in cases that are not prohibited by either the Connecticut or CDC moratoriums.

  3. It does not stop the courts from issuing executions in cases where the landlord has not received a CDC declaration.

What should tenants do? Tenants may not be covered by the Connecticut moratorium because they owe rent that was due on or before February 29, 2020, or because they owe six or more months of rent due on or after March 1, 2020. These tenants may still qualify for the CDC moratorium, but this protection is NOT automatic. Tenants should begin by reading the requirements a tenant must meet to qualify for the CDC moratorium. If every person over 18 in the household meets the qualifications, then each of those people should fill out a CDC declaration and give each declaration to the LANDLORD. Information about the declaration and how to create one are also available in Spanish. In addition, there are on-line forms that can be found here and here that can generate the CDC declaration.

Note: This was an email sent to Realtors from the CT Realtors Association


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