Can I Still Be Evicted in Alabama During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Authored By: Legal Services Alabama LSC Funded

Information

 

Click here for information on the NEW CDC eviction ban that goes into effect September 4, 2020. 

If you are facing eviction, you can call Legal Services Alabama at 1-866-456-4995 for legal help or apply online HERE
  • Find more information on the eviction process here and here.

 

What should I do if I receive an unlawful detainer (eviction lawsuit)?

 

What kind of hearing will I have in my eviction case?
  • Courts in Alabama have started having in-person hearings again. This varies by county. 
  • Many courts are also holding virtual eviction hearings by video conferencing services like Zoom. 
  • You should receive a notice from the court of your hearing date. 
    • The notice should say if your hearing is in-person or virtual.
    • If it is in-person, it should tell you where to go. 
    • If it is virtual, you should have information on how to join the virtual hearing. 
    • Call your county courthouse if you have questions.


Does the federal CARES Act eviction moratorium apply to me?

The federal CARES Act eviction moratorium has now expired. However, you may still have some protections. 

The CARES Act may apply to you if: 

  • If you live in public housing (your landlord is a "Housing Authority" for the city or area where you live). 

  • You have a Section 8 voucher
  • Your rent is "subsidized," based on your income, or you pay below market rent. 
  • If you rent a house from a landlord who has a "federally backed mortgage." 

 

If the CARES Act does apply to you, this means:

  • Your landlord must give you a notice of:
    • At least 30 days 
    • Dated after July 25, 2020
    • Tell you how much rent you owe and give you a chance to pay it
    • Your landlord cannot charge you late fees between March 27, 2020 and July 25, 2020. 
  • After that time, if the rent has not been paid, your landlord can file an Unlawful Detainer against you in court. See above for what you should do next. 

 

If you are facing eviction - have received a notice, court papers, or think you'll be behind on your rent - call Legal Services Alabama at 1-866-456-4995 or apply online HERE.  

 

Last Review and Update: Sep 02, 2020