The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a new residential tenant eviction moratorium on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The new CDC moratorium is scheduled to expire on October 3, 2021 – but may be extended, similar to the initial moratorium.
Oklahoma Eviction Moratorium
The new moratorium affects Oklahoma residential landlord-tenant relationships and leases in counties which have “substantial” or “high” levels of COVID-19 spread. You can check to see whether your county is impacted on the CDC’s County View tracker. At the time this article was drafted, only Alfalfa and Beaver Counties are below the order threshold; Alfalfa has a “Moderate” transmission level and Beaver County has a “Low” transmission level.
This means all 75 other counties in Oklahoma (including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Cleveland County, Canadian County, and Logan County) are subject to the new eviction moratorium and landlords may not be able to gain possession through eviction proceedings (called “forcible entry and detainer” proceedings in Oklahoma).
Can I Evict a Tenant in Oklahoma?
Because of the new CDC moratorium order, the answer depends on your specific situation. Contact an attorney at Jones Property Law to discuss whether eviction may be possible for your property.