CDC extends nationwide eviction ban until June 30th, rental aid will also be available

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This past month many Americans received relief from The America’s Rescue Plan that was signed into law by the Democrats and President Biden. The plan a $1400 stimulus check for individuals making under $75,000 year, with $1,400 additional per child of qualifying households, extended unemployment until September 6 and added an additional $300 a week to unemployment payments. America’s Rescue Plan did not directly address that housing insecurity that many Americans are facing. Namely, it didn’t extend the eviction moratorium that was set to expire at the end of March. The CDC has stepped in to extend the nationwide eviction ban until June 30th. The CDC felt that people being evicted while the country is still in the middle of a pandemic may derail efforts to control the spread of covid. Property owners have criticized the extension stating that they can’t continue to house people for free. Those suffering from housing insecurity can receive rental aid as part of the package passed by Congress. However, it may take recipients a few months to receive the aid depending on the state. Below are a few more details from CNBC about the eviction extension. You can learn more about rental aid here.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The eviction ban was scheduled to expire in two days, and advocates warned of a spike in evictions without an extension.

Around 20% of adult renters said they didn’t pay last month’s rent, according to a survey published in March by the Census Bureau. Closer to 33% of Black renters reported the same.

Likely informing the health agency’s decision to extend the ban for three months is the fact that mass evictions could undermine the country’s attempts to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. That’s because many displaced people double up with family members or friends or are forced to turn to crowded shelters.

During the pandemic, 43 states and the District of Columbia temporarily prohibited evictions, some for as little as 10 weeks. Researchers found that allowing evictions to continue in these states caused as many as 433,700 excess cases of Covid-19 and 10,700 additional deaths in the U.S. between March and September, when the CDC ban went into effect nationwide.

“When you’re looking at an infectious disease like Covid-19, evictions can have an impact not only on the health of evicted families, but also on the health of the broader community,” said Kathryn Leifheit, one of the study’s authors and a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

At least two federal judges have questioned the CDC’s power to ban evictions. And property owners have criticized the policy and say landlords can’t afford to continue housing people for free.

“Short-term policies like eviction moratoria leave renters accruing insurmountable debt and jeopardize the ability for rental housing providers to provide safe, affordable housing,” said Bob Pinnegar, president of the National Apartment Association.

[From CNBC]

I know many landlords are concerned that they are losing out on money or won’t be able to pay their bills if tenants don’t pay rent, but there are funds to help landlords pay their mortgage. We need to look at these eviction ban extensions as something that will help not only tenants, but the landlord and economy in the long run. The roll out of the vaccine has be quite efficient across the country. Here in Houston the rollout has been fantastic, but I have been hearing that smaller towns are not having the same luck as the bigger cities in Texas. Seeing people on social media in other states getting their vaccines is giving me hope that we are approaching some sort of normalcy after this fakakta year. I’m didn’t realize that the CDC has the authority to enact eviction bans. I thought that was in the hands of federal and state governments. But I understand that having an increase in homelessness could pose a public safety issue.

I find it alarming that 20% of adults were unable to pay their rent in the month of March. That can definitely pose a problem with economic instability as well as a humanitarian crisis. I hope our economy bounces back and that small businesses and restaurants will be able to safely open up. I also hope corporations are learning the value of letting employees work from home. Hopefully this 90 day eviction ban will allow those financially affected by the pandemic to get the aid they need and find work to support their families. It is time that the world move forward from this traumatic experience. It’s important that we do it together and not leave people who are struggling behind.

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  1. Angel says:

    It’s crazy to me as a foreigner that it took a pandemic to get this type of policies.

  2. Mrs. Peel says:

    It’s interesting that couples who make $200,000 or singles who make $100,000 are eligible. Who in that tax bracket has trouble paying their rent?

    • Celebitchy says:

      It’s hard to tell though because a lot of people lost jobs and live in cities with high rent. So someone who made that money in 2019 when they base the income on might have lost a job last year and be struggling. I think that’s why they put the income so high.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Excellent question!! As I find it highly unlikely that they are suffering in the greatest pay brackets as opposed to those in lower tax brackets who don’t qualify for a home loan, yet alone can’t afford a mortgage payment. What sickens me it that landlords find judges, like the FL judge who was seated as an Agent Orange judge, who finds these moratoriums “unconstitutional” for protecting renters and has systematically evicted thousands of renters in FL. What kind of monster do you have to be to evict a family into the streets? Apparently a MAGAT monster.

    • yeperz says:

      Agreed. Then the burden is on ALL landlords, some of us making an actual living through rentals. Frankly there should have been a moratorium on mortgages too.

  3. Astralaria says:

    My parents are small-business landlords whose rental income is essential for them to be able to pay thier mortgage and bills. Where are the ‘funds’ available to them if their tenants stop paying rent? There is no mortgage forbearance or additional aid for them…
    Not all landlords are giant corporate asshats. My parents worked 40+ years in blue collar jobs to afford a property with a few rental units. Now they are retired and depend on that rental income to cover bills, food, and medical expenses. Their tenants can now just stop paying rent until June 30 but my parents won’t be able to cover their bills of they are short even one months rental income.
    On top of that one of the tenants has been talking about the “China Virus hoax” (we are Asian American) and refusing to wear a mask or socially distance when they want to speak to my parents (who are elderly and have immunity issues) but we can’t evict them to find more suitable tenants?
    Please think before you paint all landlords as terrible. Many are small business owners just trying to get by – and we don’t have the public support of tenants rights groups or federal programs.

    • Tracy says:

      Thank you for saying this! My parents are also small business landlords and it’s the same situation. The government dumping this squarely on landlord’s shoulders by preventing eviction but not providing relief is criminal.

      • Mercury says:

        @Astralaria and @Tracy, it’s difficult to feel sorry for someone who can own investment property. Most people cant even afford a first property to live in. Even if one property is lost, your landlord parents still have a roof over their heads. Theyre in a much better position than a renter that will have to live out of their car or in a tent when theyre evicted. Also, an investment property is like any other investment business- you understand that a business/investment carries risk, so you have things like a business line of credit for scenarios like the above when tenants dont pay rent or there is extensive damage to the rental property caused by the tenant.

    • yeperz says:

      Yes, this was odd, to make one class of people bear the burden!
      My sister was oh so lucky- she moved to a small rural town just prior to pandemic. Sold her rental income properties & bought a small home w land.
      Now those rentals don’t make any money- the new landlord had to eat a year’s rent, plus the extension.
      She wouldn’t have been able to pay her rent in the city- AND her customer service job position was up & obliterated during the pandemic.
      I -get- this is helpful for many- just should have been more nuanced

    • Anna says:

      So true. I feel for you and your parents. There are so many things wrong with this “system”, if it can even be called that, and so many suffering from lack of proper resources.