Throughout the pandemic, homeowners and real estate trading groups have filed lawsuits to end the federal eviction ban. So far, none have failed.
Now with the moratorium scheduled to end on June 30, the owners are asking Biden’s management not to issue another extension.
Twelve organizations representing owners, brokers and developers sent a letter to President Biden on Friday, asking him to let the “one-size-fits-all” eviction policy run its course. The group, which includes the National Multi-Family Housing Council, the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders, cited the increase in vaccine distribution, along with other Covid mitigation measures that the administration has taken, such as providing financial assistance to tenants, as among the reasons why the moratorium was no longer necessary.
The ban will only “place insurmountable levels of debt on renter households and prevent recovery in the housing sector,” according to the three-page letter sent Friday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government has earmarked nearly $ 47 billion to help renters, homeowners and homeowners cover those debts. Tenant advocates say that tenants are still struggling to pay their bills and predict a wave of evictions when the ban expires.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the moratorium nationwide just before it was about to end in late March. Last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky did not say whether the agency would issue another extension, according to Reuters.
The June 11 letter from the owner groups is the first time they have made their request directly to Biden. Meanwhile, the extension of the CDC’s eviction moratorium in late March came two weeks after a letter sent by 2,200 tenant advocacy organizations and others who urged President Biden to reject the ban.
As Covid case rates have fallen in the US, the courts have been more willing next to the owner’s challenges to the moratorium. Still, the federal ban has remained.
A federal judge did shoot down the ban last month, ruling that the CDC had exceeded its authority, but a stay was issued while the Biden administration appealed that decision. After an appeals court ruled that it would not lift that suspension, the homeowner groups appealed the case to the Supreme Court of the United States.
In response, 22 state attorneys general sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on Friday, urging justices do not revoke the existing moratorium. The presentation argued that higher vaccination rates have not made tenants more financially secure.
“Economic recovery takes time and many people are still unable to pay back rent while the nation remains in the initial phase of reopening,” according to the report, which included the District of Columbia.
Some states have extended the ban beyond the federal deadline.
On Monday, the National Multi-Family Housing Council sent a statement to the owners in anticipation of the expiration of the moratorium. He listed steps they could take, such as encouraging tenants to apply for rent relief, offering payment plans to tenants, and extending 30-day notices before filing an eviction proceeding.