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As of right now, landlords cannot start most new eviction cases until at least August 22. All ongoing eviction cases are on hold until further notice. If you already went to court and lost your eviction case, a marshal cannot physically remove you and your belongings until at least September 3. This means you cannot be evicted right now, and you do not have to move right now.

Under an order by Governor Lamont, if you paid a security deposit that is more than one month’s rent, you can ask the landlord to use the portion of your security deposit that is more than one month’s rent toward your April, May, or June 2020 rent.

Only a few state courthouses are operating and their business hours are limited. You may only enter an open courthouse if you are involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding, filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order or Civil Protection Order, or filing or have a hearing on an emergency motion for things like a temporary child custody or lockout case.

On March 12, 2020, the CT Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), which regulates some utility companies in Connecticut, ordered that the utility companies they regulate* cannot shut off utilities for residential customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 toward their bill. Learn more about Lifeline.

This section answers common housing questions, such as: What if I can't pay my April or May rent? What my landlord threatens to lock me out? How can I have my rent recalculated if I am a Public Housing, Section 8, or a Voucher/RAP tenant?

Under an order by Governor Lamont, you can get an additional two months to pay your May rent if you have been affected by COVID-19. To get the additional two months to pay your May rent, you must tell your landlord in writing (by email, text message, or letter) on or before the 9th day after it was due that you need this extension and explain that you cannot pay your May rent on time for a reason related to COVID-19.

On March 12, 2020, the state ordered a prohibition of all shut offs for regulated residential electric, gas and water utilities during the COVID-19 emergency, as declared by Governor Lamont on March 10, 2020. That order is still in effect.

Below is a letter you can use to tell your landlord you can’t pay your rent for a reason related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, there is no rent extension for June or July, but you should ask your landlord to make a payment plan. If you are able to make a payment plan, try to get the agreement in writing and save a copy for your records.

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Homes and Apartments

As of right now, landlords cannot start most new eviction cases until at least August 22. All ongoing eviction cases are on hold until further notice. If you already went to court and lost your eviction case, a marshal cannot physically remove you and your belongings until at least September 3. This means you cannot be evicted right now, and you do not have to move right now.

Under an order by Governor Lamont, if you paid a security deposit that is more than one month’s rent, you can ask the landlord to use the portion of your security deposit that is more than one month’s rent toward your April, May, or June 2020 rent.

Only a few state courthouses are operating and their business hours are limited. You may only enter an open courthouse if you are involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding, filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order or Civil Protection Order, or filing or have a hearing on an emergency motion for things like a temporary child custody or lockout case.

On March 12, 2020, the CT Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), which regulates some utility companies in Connecticut, ordered that the utility companies they regulate* cannot shut off utilities for residential customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 toward their bill. Learn more about Lifeline.

This section answers common housing questions, such as: What if I can't pay my April or May rent? What my landlord threatens to lock me out? How can I have my rent recalculated if I am a Public Housing, Section 8, or a Voucher/RAP tenant?

Under an order by Governor Lamont, you can get an additional two months to pay your May rent if you have been affected by COVID-19. To get the additional two months to pay your May rent, you must tell your landlord in writing (by email, text message, or letter) on or before the 9th day after it was due that you need this extension and explain that you cannot pay your May rent on time for a reason related to COVID-19.

On March 12, 2020, the state ordered a prohibition of all shut offs for regulated residential electric, gas and water utilities during the COVID-19 emergency, as declared by Governor Lamont on March 10, 2020. That order is still in effect.

Below is a letter you can use to tell your landlord you can’t pay your rent for a reason related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, there is no rent extension for June or July, but you should ask your landlord to make a payment plan. If you are able to make a payment plan, try to get the agreement in writing and save a copy for your records.