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New Eviction Moratorium

The Biden administration issued a more limited eviction moratorium, per the CDC, effective through October 3rd. The ban on evictions will cover parts of the U.S. that are experiencing substantially high spread of coronavirus.

"Eviction moratoria facilitate self-isolation and self-quarantine by people who become ill or who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 by keeping people out of congregate settings and in their own homes."

The order is said to cover 80% of US counties and 90% of the US population.

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition said, “This is a tremendous relief for millions of people who were on the cusp of losing their homes and, with them, their ability to stay safe during the pandemic.”

However, landlord groups expressed shock after the announcement. Executive director of the National Rental Home Council, David Howard said, "Is it possible for the federal government to create any more uncertainty for renters and rental home property owners in this country?" He continued, "Shame on me for assuming the moratorium would not be extended after the President announced he has no legal authority to do so, nor was Congress able to pass legislation to do so. Meanwhile, rental home property owners have lost billions of dollars they will never recover."

Regardless, the order could face legal challenges considering the Supreme Court made it clear that "congressional authorization" was needed on the matter.

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