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Coronavirus Legislation's Stop-Gap Extension; OTA's "COVID-19 Tenant Rights & Resources" Document to Be Updated Soon

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Council has extended the Coronavirus emergency law through a "Congressional Review Emergency" (CRE) measure. A CRE covers the gap between the expiration of an emergency measure and the effective date of a temporary measure.

For a detailed summary of the Coronavirus emergency law's tenant protections, please go to https://ota.dc.gov/publication/covid-19-state-emergency-tenant-rightsservices. At footnote 2 of that document, please be aware that under the CRE the new expiration date is 11/16/20 instead of 8/25/20. However, the 11/16/20 date will become moot as soon as the temporary measure takes effect (and it will remain in effect for 225 days). We expect the temporary measure to take effect on or around 9/10/20 – and we will update the document and footnote at that time.

Please be assured that these changing effective and expiration dates do not substantively impact any of the tenant protections summarized in the OTA document. Also, regardless of those dates, please keep in mind that the tenant protections last only as long as does the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ordered by the Mayor, or for the duration of the PHE plus a fixed number of days. Under the current Mayoral Order, the PHE will expire on 10/9/20.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the OTA's Policy Branch (see contact info on the document).