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Legal help and resources during the Coronavirus crisis.

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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.

Important Update: On April 10, 2020, Governor Lamont ordered landlords to stop filing most new evictions through July 1.  All ongoing eviction cases continue to be on hold until further notice. You do not have to move right now. You cannot be evicted right now.

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.

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.

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Homes and Apartments

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.

Important Update: On April 10, 2020, Governor Lamont ordered landlords to stop filing most new evictions through July 1.  All ongoing eviction cases continue to be on hold until further notice. You do not have to move right now. You cannot be evicted right now.

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.

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.