COVID-19 Information for Connecticut
The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.
State and Local Affiliates
Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.
Shelter in Place
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, a “Shelter in Place” order is currently in effect for the state of Connecticut through April 22, 2020. The order has exemptions for Essential Operations. The order exempts business activities, defined as essential under CISA. CISA’s guidelines specifically identify residential facilities and services as essential.
Effective Friday, April 10, 2020, Connecticut’s “Shelter in Place” order has been extended its closures, distancing, and safety measures through Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
Effective, Monday, May 18, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7PP taking the following actions:
Directing for Phase 1 Reopening to begin May 20;
Enforcement of sector rules governing the reopening of businesses;
Extension of prohibition on large gatherings to June 20; and
Extension of restrictions on off-track betting, indoor fitness, and movie theaters to June 20.
On Friday, May 29, 2020, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced that the utility shut-off moratorium for non-residential customers in the state will continue through Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
State of Emergency
Governor Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency on March 10.
Action: Issued on April 10, 2020, the order implements protections for residential renters impacted by COVID-19 through July 1, 2020.
Description: Prevents the issuance of any notice to quit or service of the summary process before July 1, 2020, for any reason outlined in CT Gen. Stat. § 47a-23. The order provides an automatic 60-day grace period for April rent and a 60-day grace period for May rent upon request.
COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: Yes, but only for requests to defer May rent for 60 days. “Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, if the rent due in May 2020 is unpaid when due and paid within sixty days thereafter by a tenant who, on or before the 9th day after such rent is due, notifies the landlord or landlord’s representative in writing, including but not limited to in written electronic communication, that the tenant needs to delay all or some payment of rent because he or she has become fully or partially unemployed or otherwise sustained a significant loss in revenue or increase in expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tenant of a dwelling unit shall not be in default or violation of the rental agreement and the landlord of such unit may not deliver or cause to be delivered a notice to quit or serve or file a summary process action for nonpayment of such rent; impose late fees, interest, or penalties; report such rent as late to any credit bureau or tenant screening service, or otherwise retaliate against the tenant.”
Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
Late Fees: Prohibited.
- Action: Suspension of the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through July 1, 2020.
- Scope: The order covers all lease violations.
- Exceptions: Not addressed.
- COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.
- Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
Rental Assistance / Housing Provider Assistance
No statewide emergency rental assistance for Connecticut.
No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by CGS § 7-148b.
Under Connecticut Code, § 42.231, the Governor may designate a product or service to be in short supply resulting from the declaration of emergency and impose price restrictions on that product or service. Prior to any imposition, the Governor shall make written findings that the product is in short supply due to disruption and that the product is essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the state, including the need for shelter. Any imposition would last until the end of the emergency or ninety days after the declaration, whichever occurs first.