After months of back-and-forth argument between Democrats and Republicans over whether President Biden’s eviction moratorium is constitutionally legitimate, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to overturn the Biden administration’s eviction freeze.
“The equities do not justify depriving the applicants of the District Court’s judgment in their favor,” the justices wrote in an unsigned order. “The moratorium has put the applicants, along with millions of landlords across the country, at risk of irreparable harm by depriving them of rent payments with no guarantee of eventual recovery.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a ban in September, which expired at midnight on July 31. The Biden administration first allowed the prior ban to end on July 31, claiming they lacked the power to do so. However, After growing demands from Democrat politicians and others to let vulnerable tenants stay in their houses as the coronavirus’ delta form spread, the CDC imposed a new moratorium just several days later. The moratorium was set to end on October 3.
According to the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, about 3.6 million people in the United States report facing eviction for non-payment in the next months, owing to job loss due to the ongoing pandemic and government incentives for those who are unemployed.
While the CDC’s moratorium protected many tenants from being evicted in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly given the spread of the Delta variant, some real estate housing groups and landlord associations argued that it would cause massive economic problems.
Last Friday, the National Association of Realtors, which represents landlords in Alabama and Georgia, petitioned the Supreme Court to lift the moratorium, after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously denied their request to allow evictions to proceed.
“The stay order cannot stand,” the group’s filing read. “As five Members of this Court indicated less than two months ago, Congress never gave the CDC the staggering amount of power it claims.”
The Supreme Court’s court decision can be regarded as a win for suffering property owners and landlords who have not gotten financial or legal assistance during the current pandemic.