Housing Advocates Boston Eviction Moratorium Sign

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President Joe Biden has been trying to help renters at risk of eviction, including with elements of his $1.9 trillion stimulus, but the American legal system may get in the way of that.

A year-long federal moratorium on evictions began under President Donald Trump, when he directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to oversee the ban during the pandemic. On his first day in office, Biden extended the ban by three months, and on March 29, two days before it was set to expire, he extended it by an additional three months, to June 30.

However, since the ban was implemented, multiple landlords have filed lawsuits questioning its legality, and of the six lawsuits to end up in federal court, the results have split 3-3. Three ruled in support but courts in Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee have ruled the eviction ban unconstitutional. This has put renters in those states at risk of eviction before they even have the chance to receive aid, and the rulings could jeopardize the 10 million Americans behind on rent payments.

It’s basically a toss-up whether the eviction ban will be legal after all the lawsuits run their course, which is an issue  for …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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