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H.R. 6515 (116th): Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020

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But would it inadvertently cause a flood of evictions after the national emergency is over?


During the pandemic, many states have postponed rent or mortgage payments. For example, Connecticut enacted a 60-day grace period for rent payments and a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments.

But those payments are still due, just on the backend. Some lawmakers are now considering going a step further, by cancelling such payments entirely — without making them due later.

What the bill does

The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act would eliminate all rent and mortgage payments during the covid-19 national emergency, retroactive to April 1 and extending for 30 days after the national emergency is officially ended.

Under the bill, such non-payments could not result in eviction, fines, or a lowered credit …

Sponsor and status

Ilhan Omar

Sponsor. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 17, 2020
Length: 21 pages
Apr 17, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 17, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


30 Cosponsors (30 Democrats)



Apr 17, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 6515 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6515. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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