Late Thursday night, the Supreme Court ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not have authority to place a moratorium (or ban) on evictions for struggling renters.
The CDC had implemented a new policy on banning evictions in early August, which protected renters only in areas with high levels of COVID-19 cases until October 3rd. As of the reporting of that news, those areas represented about 80% of the nation.
This action means that the 3.5 million renters in the U.S. who are facing eviction, according to the Census Bureau, may get evicted if they are behind on rent.
“The Biden Administration is disappointed that the Supreme Court has blocked the most recent CDC eviction moratorium while confirmed cases of the Delta variant are significant across the country,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a press release yesterday.
The Supreme Court’s ruling puts numerous low-income renters at risk, but there are many areas in the country that still have eviction bans in effect to protect renters on the local level.
Psaki later stated, “President Biden is once again calling on all entities that can prevent evictions – from cities and states to local courts, landlords, Cabinet Agencies – to urgently act to prevent evictions.”
More updates about this news will be provided soon.