COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS

Eviction Moratorium

Chapter 782 of the Pittsburgh City Code, Temporary Eviction Regulation For Disease Prevention and Control Due to COVID- 1, prohibits landlords from taking action to cause the eviction of an individual or household except for good cause.  The chapter goes onto define good cause: 

  1. Non-payment of rent and utilities, unless such non-payment was due to substantial loss of household income or hours of work or wages due to loss of employment and/or medical expenses (both those that are COVID-19 related illnesses and pre-existing illnesses). Non- payment failure also includes late fees, penalties or interest unrelated to the aforementioned reasons. 
  2. Conduct that presents an imminent threat to the health or safety of other residents, inhabitants or property staff including criminal activity in the unit or housing premises, engaging in actions or behaviors that threaten the health or safety of other residents and violating any applicable building code or health ordinance relating to health and safety. 
  3. Other material breach of the lease terms, such as criminal conduct or damage to the property, or other compelling basis.  

The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations (“PghCHR” or “Commission”) has prepared the rules and procedures pursuant to the authority and responsibility vested in it by the Pittsburgh City Code (“PCC”) Subsections 782.02(b) and (d). Because the City of Pittsburgh’s pre-eviction application review process in the Temporary Eviction Moratorium Ordinance (“TEMO”) appears to be the first of its kind, PghCHR has faced a unique task in creating the rules and procedures.  These procedures were created with the help and input of several members of the Pittsburgh community who represent the diversity and interests of our City. 

Rules for the TEMO Good Cause Review

Updated March 26, 2021 

Apply for a Good Cause Exemption Online

Download an Application Form

Complete Application Forms and their  supporting documents can be sent to the commission by e-mail, US mail, or fax.  To request an accommodation to view the form, or to request a paper form sent to you, you may contact us by phone, fax, e-mail, or US mail. 

    Phone: 412-436-9619 or 412-255-2600
    Fax: 412-255-2288 
    E-mail: human.relations@pittsburghpa.gov 

    Mailiing Address
    414 Grant St. 
    Suite 908 
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Updated 04/01/2021

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Updated 04/09/2021