Can I Still Be Evicted in Alabama During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Authored By: Legal Services Alabama
If you are facing eviction, you can call Legal Services Alabama at 1-866-456-4995 for legal help or apply online HERE.
If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure, find more information here.
- You must file an answer within 7 days (of the date you are served) if an eviction is filed against you.
- Here is a sample answer form.
- 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."
Visit this resource page from the National Housing Law Project to see if you have a covered property.
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.