The U.S. Department of Justice has argued for the risk of evictions for spreading COVID-19, as most evictions are now subject to federal sanctions.
A federal judge has temporarily suspended an order found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Has exceeded its authority When it imposed a federal eviction moratorium to help the coronavirus spread.
The stay order, issued Wednesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., comes after the judiciary filed an urgent appeal in the case. The administrative suspension means there will be no immediate effect on the ban extended in March to go to the end of June.
“Scientific evidence shows that evictions have exacerbated the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed half a million Americans, and that the damage that unchecked evictions could cause to the public cannot be undone,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton in a statement. .
U.S. District Judge Debbie Friedrich in Washington, D.C., said the stay was not based on the merits of the judiciary’s reasoning, but instead the court should have been given time to consider the motion and any possible objections.
Suspended opponents, including the National Association of Realtors, welcomed the judge’s preliminary ruling and said the solution was rent assistance, not a ban on evictions.
Initially, the eviction ban last year provided protection to tenants due to concerns that families would lose their homes and move to shelters or share the crowds with relatives or friends during the epidemic, which would spread the highly contagious virus.
Proponents of the ban argue that it is necessary because the epidemic is still a threat and many more. People are at risk of eviction Or foreclosure Nearly four million people in the U.S. said they would face evictions or predictions over the next two months, according to the Census Bureau’s household pulse survey.
According to researchers at Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, data from across the country on the eviction process were inconsistent, but a recent study found that more than 1.5 million evictions were prevented by government sanctions in 2020.
The eviction ban prevented 1.55 million evictions in 2020, according to a published study On Twitter Today.
This raises the question – why can’t we just resist 1.55 million, every eviction that happens every year? pic.twitter.com/hhjVoyBzAq
– Emily Honda Lemarman (@e_limerman) April 28, 2021
Judge Friedrich said Wednesday that the “simple language” of a federal law called the Public Health Services Act, which regulates the response to the spread of infectious diseases such as COVD-19, blocked the CDC’s stay.
The National Association of Realtors welcomed the judge’s decision, saying it was a better solution to pay tenants rent, taxes and utility bills.
“With the protection of rental assistance, strengthening the economy and lowering the unemployment rate, blankets, there is no need to continue the nationwide eviction ban,” the group said.
As part of a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Earlier this year, the U.S. Congress provided 30 30 billion in rent and housing assistance to people at risk of eviction or risk.
Friedrich’s initial decision, once it was implemented, would provide relief by fighting tenants and vacancies harmful to landlords. The moratorium was supposed to be suspended on June 30.
The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters News Service.
At least 43 states and Washington, D.C., have made their own temporary stops in residential or commercial evictions during the COVID-19 crisis, although protections are not uniform.
A separate eviction and Foreclosure moratorium The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is closing June 30 for federally funded housing.
The CDC suspension was issued last September during the administration of former President Donald Trump and was recently extended three times in March under the administration of President Joe Biden.