COVID-19 Information for North Dakota
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.
Capacity restrictions have been applied to some North Dakota businesses, though closures have not been applied.
Face Mask Mandate
North Dakota has not mandated the wearing of face masks.
State of Emergency
Governor Doug Bergum declared a state of emergency on March 13.
No statewide eviction moratorium for North Dakota.
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
The North Dakota COVID Emergency Rent Bridge can provide temporary rental assistance to eligible renters who are experiencing a loss of household income due to COVID-19.
The COVID Emergency Rent Bridge Process in 5 steps:
- Renters may determine their eligibility and apply for rental payment assistance via an online pre-qualification survey (online application).
- Once information is submitted, the renter will see a confirmation screen that tells them if they are likely to be eligible for assistance. This confirmation can be presented to the housing provider as evidence that application for assistance has been made.
- The renter will receive an email that will enable them to submit the documentation needed to complete their application.
- ERB staff will review the materials submitted and reach out with any questions.
- Once a Renter is approved, the housing provider will need to register as a vendor in the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (OMB) supplier registry and confirm details related to the renter’s tenancy. Payment will be sent directly to the housing provider. In most cases, payment will be made in the month it is due, unless a renter applies late in the month.
Learn more details about North Dakota’s COVID Emergency Rent Bridge program here.
No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by North Dakota Code: § 47-16-02.1.
North Dakota does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.