Landlords and real estate agents have downplayed concerns that lifting the moratorium could lead to an eviction crisis. “With rental support secured, the economy strengthening and unemployment rates falling, there is no need to continue a blanket nationwide eviction ban,” a spokesman for the National Association of Realtors said in a statement.
Homeowners have long argued that the moratorium was based on legally shaky ground, questioning the constitutionality of tying a major intervention in the national housing market to federal law aimed at stopping disease transmission.
The judgment “further demonstrates the illegality of this policy and reaffirms the extent to which the C.D.C. have exceeded their authority, ”said Robert Pinnegar, president of the National Apartment Association, a trade association that represents large landlords and that has also pushed for an end to the moratorium.
“The government must enforce the C.D.C. Order and start posting to the stakeholders including the judges now to prepare them for the end, ”he said.
The moratorium covers tens of millions of Americans at various income levels.
The Executive Order signed by Mr. Trump applies to every single renter earning less than $ 99,000 a year and families earning twice as much. According to the Census Bureau, around 8.2 million tenants said they had slumped in their rents during the pandemic.
Enforcing the moratorium has always been an uncertain, even chaotic matter, left to the discretion of the judges of the State Housing Court.
These judges make decisions based on a variety of criteria, not just the federal moratorium, including local eviction orders and subjective factors such as a renter’s payment history and a landlord’s records of repairs.