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[ ih-vik-shuhn ]


  1. the act of forcing a tenant, or sometimes a squatter, to vacate a property (often used attributively):

    A local mother and her two daughters were given a court-ordered eviction, with four days to leave their apartment.

    When the rent got far enough behind, the landlord finally sent the tenants an eviction notice.

  2. the act of forcing someone to leave; expulsion:

    He is facing potential eviction from the Senate for failure to pay the costs of his unsuccessful legal battle.

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  • non·e·vic·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of eviction1

First recorded in 1450–1500, for an earlier sense; from Latin ēvictiōn-, stem of ēvictiō “recovery of one's property by law,” from ēvincere “to overcome, conquer”; evict ( def ), -ion ( def )

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Example Sentences

Policies like restricting evictions so people don’t fear losing their home if they miss work, expanding unemployment insurance and mandating paid sick leave could help these residents physically distance, Jay says.

Congress has yet to agree on a way to extend some of the generous aid programs and eviction protections that many economists credit with propping up the economy during the dire first months of the pandemic.

One of the changes says adverse actions cannot be taken against tenants based on payment history or an eviction for nonpayment of rent that occurred during the pandemic.

A state eviction moratorium currently bars Maryland courts from removing tenants from their homes, and a federal moratorium offers renters additional protection.

He said the gig economy has pushed him to the brink of eviction.

To make matters worse, Kromah says his landlord has given him an eviction notice.

“Kandynce Jones was under threat of eviction by [Sterling] even though she had never missed a rent payment,” court papers say.

Sterling refused her check and instituted eviction proceedings.

Another strategy was to refuse rent checks from blacks and Latinos and then institute eviction proceedings against them.

It appears charges were never filed, but his landlords began an eviction process against him shortly after.

Their eloquent silence was a protest, no doubt, against the eviction of the reporters.

To prevent eviction, payment of rent was the first effort of the club members.

Legislation with regard to the poor commenced contemporaneous with the laws against the eviction of the small farmers.

"Well, rather," replied Helen, and in a few trembling words she told the story of her eviction.

The feeling of the crofters in regard to increase of rent and eviction is very similar to that of the Irish tenantry.


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More About Eviction Moratorium

What is an eviction moratorium?

An eviction moratorium is an order that prohibits, under certain circumstances, landlords and property owners from evicting tenants, typically for not paying rent.

In 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order was intended to prevent people from losing a place to stay due to inability to pay rent upon losing income—ultimately to prevent further spread of the virus. The CDC’s moratorium did not release tenants from their requirement to pay rent and did not prohibit eviction for reasons beyond failure to pay rent, such as criminal activity.

The first CDC moratorium was issued on September 4, 2020, and was extended multiple times before expiring on July 31, 2021. At the time of its expiration, searches on for the words eviction and moratorium increased.

On August 3, 2021, the CDC issued another eviction moratorium in response to a rise in cases related to the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The second moratorium was narrower, only applying to counties with significantly high rates of COVID-19 infections. It was set to be in effect until October 3, 2021.