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Rental Resources

Knox Housing Assistance

Renters in Knoxville and Knox County who are past due on their rent payments and at risk for eviction can apply for rent relief through the Knox Housing Assistance Program. The program, funded by the U.S. Treasury and administered through Knox County’s Community Development department, also takes applications from landlords whose tenants are behind on rent payments.
 
The program is open to income-qualified city and county renters where one or more individuals in the home have experienced one of the following adverse financial impacts at some point since March 13, 2020:

- Qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income

- Incurred significant costs negatively impacting the financial stability of the household

- Experienced other financial hardship negatively impacting the financial stability of the household

Residents who are at risk of eviction due to non-payment should inform their landlords that they have applied for assistance through this program. If eviction proceedings have already begun, it’s important that residents attend their court dates. Court personnel are working with tenants facing eviction, but you must be present on your appointed court date to avoid a default judgment.

Visit KnoxHousingAssistance.org to learn more about the program’s qualifications and local agencies assisting residents with the application process.


Does the CDC's latest ban on evictions apply to Knox County residents? 

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Aug. 3 its renewal of the ban on evictions, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, issued a ruling in late July that the CDC does not have the ability to enact an eviction moratorium. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee court system said that the CDC's moratorium is "not applicable in Tennessee." (Newsweek, Aug. 5, 2021; APNews.com, Aug. 5, 2021)