Changes in Utah law relating to Evictions and COVID-19
Retrieved 1/7/2020, from https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/landlord/eviction.html
The CDC moratorium protects tenants until January 31, 2020. It only covers evictions for nonpayment of rent – other kinds of evictions (such as nuisance or a lease violation) are still allowed.
Protection under the moratorium is not automatic. Tenants must sign a declaration and give it to the landlord. After receiving a signed declaration from a tenant, the landlord cannot take any action to remove them for nonpayment of rent until January 31, 2021. Sample Declarations can be found at https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/landlord/eviction.html
The moratorium does not forgive rent. Late fees and penalties can still accrue during the moratorium.
Help Paying Rent
A tenant might be able to get help paying rent. There is a Housing Assistance Program that lets a landlord apply for rental assistance on behalf of tenants. More information is available from the Utah Department of Workforce Services. A tenant may visit UT Rent Relief to apply for up to $2,000 a month in rent, utilities and more.
There may be other protections that apply. Consider getting legal help. See UTCourts.gov Agencies and Organizations page for a list of groups that might be able to help with rent. Pay attention to deadlines and contact the Self-Help Center if you have questions.
If a tenant has not paid all of the back rent owed when the moratorium ends, the tenant could be evicted.