U.S. Supreme Court Urged to End Pandemic Eviction Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court was asked by group of landlords on Thursday to issue an order to effectively end the federal government’s national ban on residential evictions during the COVID pandemic, enacted in September while former President Trump was in office, Reuters reports.

The emergency petition that the landlord groups, led by the Alabama Association of Realtors, says that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have exceeded its authority when it halted evictions to help renters during the pandemic and emphasized that May 5 lower court decision nullifying the ‘s (CDC) eviction moratorium should go into effect immediately.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich in Washington agreed to halt her ruling from taking immediate effect to allow the Biden administration to appeal despite ruling in favor of the landlords last month.

The landlord group argued in its petition that they have been losing over $13 billion every month under the moratorium, and the total effect of the CDC’s overreach may reach up to $200 billion if it remains in effect for a year, so the stay order, according to them, cannot stand.

Landlords underlined that every day the stay remains in place, applicants’ property continues to be unlawfully occupied and their rental income continues to be unlawfully cut off.

An intermediate appeals court said on Wednesday it would not lift the order put in place by Friedrich and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has not yet issued a ruling on the merits of the case, but said that the CDC eviction ban was likely lawful.

The CDC’s eviction ban is set to expire on June 30.

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