Renters that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will not be evicted through June 2021.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the Biden administration has extended the federal eviction ban for people who have gotten behind on rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protection was supposed to end on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved on Monday to extend the protection till the end of June.

The ban, which was put in place last year when the pandemic had the entire country shut down, provides protection for those who are renting property to prevent families from losing their homes.

That also prevents those families from having to go to shelters where the virus could spread even further.

Eligibility to get the protection is for renters who earn $99,000 for single filers, and $198,000 for couples.

They also have to provide proof that they have gotten government help to pay the rent, declare that they cannot pay rent because of COVID-19 hardships, and state that they will be homeless if evicted from their homes.

The Biden administration in February extended a ban on foreclosures of homes to June 30, 2021 to help those who own their home from losing it because of the pandemic.

John Pollack, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, said current surveys are showing 18.4% of tenants owe back rent with the percentage of black tenants behind on their rent at 32.9%.

The extension is needed since things are currently looking up as far as vaccines are concerned, but we are not out of the woods just yet and the extension should help.

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