The federal CARES act includes a moratorium against residential evictions. Landlords of certain residential properties are prohibited from filing new eviction proceedings or charging fees, penalties, or charges against a tenant for the non-payment of rent for 120 days, through July 25, 2020.
Additionally, a landlord may not issue a notice to vacate a residential rental property during the 120-day period and must provide at least 30 days’ notice before a tenant must vacate the rental property after the 120-day period ends. These protections apply to rental properties that participate in federal assistance programs or are subject to a federally backed mortgage loan.
However, the CARES act does not relieve tenants of their legal obligations to pay rent. Tenants that do not pay rent during the moratorium may still face financial and legal liabilities, including eviction, after the moratorium ends.
In Michigan, district courts may require proof of compliance with the CARES Act when filing a new eviction action, by completing and filing a Form DC 504, Verification of Compliance with CARES Act.