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New CDC order will protect some Maryland tenants, not others

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Only 14 Maryland counties are included under the latest eviction prevention measures issued by the federal government, a move that could create wildly different outcomes for tenants across the state in just over a week.

The newest eviction moratorium targets counties that are experiencing a “high” or “substantial” level of community transmission of COVID-19, according to the order issued Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, that includes 14 counties in Maryland, which are shown in red and orange on a tracking map created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Ten counties in Maryland are experiencing “moderate” community transmission of COVID-19, so the CDC’s eviction prevention order will not take effect there.

Maryland counties shown in orange and red are covered under the latest CDC eviction protections. Counties shown in yellow are not. Screen capture of the CDC Website

Maryland still has its own eviction protections in place, but those are set to end on Aug. 15. The state order allows renters to use the effects of COVID-19 as an affirmative defense to stave off an eviction in court — a shield that tenant advocates have said is inadequate.

A spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that the state will not extend its eviction moratorium beyond Aug. 15.



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service