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COVID-19 support for multifamily renters

If you are a renter struggling to pay your rent due to COVID-19, understand what is available to you.


In March, Freddie Mac announced a forbearance plan that includes provisions that affect renters. This program was later updated following the passage of the CARES Act. For properties with federally backed mortgage loans—including those purchased or securitized by Freddie Mac—renters are temporarily protected from eviction filings.

  • Under the CARES Act, if you are a renter living in a property with a federally backed mortgage—including mortgage loans purchased or securitized by Freddie Mac— you are covered by a temporary moratorium on eviction filings that lasts through July 25, 2020.
  • There is also temporary relief from eviction filings if you live in a property with a federally backed mortgage loan in forbearance taken by a landlord as a result of financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Rent payments are still due during any temporary moratorium on eviction filings. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, reach out to your landlord or property manager to discuss your situation.

If you are struggling to pay your rent, you can also contact the Freddie Mac Renter Helpline at 800-404-3097. HUD-certified housing counselors can provide you free assistance with:

  • Budget and Credit Counseling
  • Debt Management Programs
  • Educational Resources & Tools

Tools and Resources

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Find out if your apartment is financed by Freddie Mac

Use our rental property lookup tool to find out if you live in a property that has a mortgage loan purchased or securitized by Freddie Mac.

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