The CDC extends the eviction moratorium for the final time; protections will now expire on July 31.
The evictions ban has been extended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from June 30 to July 31, which the CDC said on Thursday is “intended to be the final extension of the moratorium.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Biden administration made the decision to extend the moratorium. Tenants will not be evicted if they are unable to pay their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the statewide ban.
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The White House admitted on Wednesday that the previously extended emergency pandemic protection would have to terminate at some time. The issue is to come up with the correct kind of off-ramp to ease the transition without causing major societal disruption.
The distinct eviction restrictions for renters and mortgage holders were “always intended to be transitory,” according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Hundreds of members of Congress wrote to President Joe Biden and Walensky this week, urging them to not only extend but even tighten the ban.
The letter, backed by Massachusetts Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Jimmy Gomez, and Cori Bush, sought for an undetermined extension to allow the almost $47 billion in emergency rental aid included in the American Rescue Plan to reach tenants.
They claimed that cutting off the aid too soon would unfairly harm some of the same minority communities that were hardest afflicted by the virus. They also echoed many housing groups in urging for the moratorium’s provisions to be made automatic, so that tenants don’t have to take any particular actions to benefit from them.
The letter added, “The federal moratorium’s impact cannot be overstated, and the need to enhance and extend it is an urgent matter of health, racial, and economic justice.”
The renewal of the eviction moratorium, according to Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is “the proper thing to do” morally, fiscally, politically, and as a “continuing public health policy.”
Landlords, on the other hand, who opposed the moratorium and successfully fought it in court, are opposed to any extension. They have argued the focus should be on speeding up the distribution of rental assistance.