Court Rejects Push from Landlords to Resume Evictions

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A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, denied a request by a group of landlords to resume evictions, upholding the current moratorium endorsed by the CDC.

According to The Hill:

The ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest twist in a multifront legal challenge to the eviction freeze that was enacted by federal public health officials as a way to keep financially distressed renters in their homes and out of crowded homeless shelters during the coronavirus pandemic.

The move follows a ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, who struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium after finding the agency had overstepped its authority. But Friedrich, a Trump appointee, agreed to block her ruling from taking immediate effect to allow time for the Biden administration to appeal.

This produced a mixed result for the challengers in the case, a group of landlords that includes the Alabama Association of Realtors and a number of co-plaintiffs.

The coalition of landlords then asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift Friedrich’s stay, which a three-judge panel on the appellate court denied Wednesday in an unsigned order. The court also said that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had “made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed” in its appeal.

The order was enacted in September by the Trump administration and was later extended until June.

  1. With all the money the Federal Reserve printed to give people who were unemployed a safety net, they should have reimbursed landlords who are dependent the the rental income to pay their bills. The government took sides here and small landlords could lose their entire investments of years of time and money. It’s NO DIFFERENT THAN THE GOVERNMENT FAVORING ONE RACE OVER ANOTHER, NO DIFFERENT!

    1. Great way for the banks to get more of the middle class generational wealth to default and making the low income dependent on the governmemt –

    2. With the extra $600 a week and now $300 a week extra in unemployment, there is no way anyone should not be able to pay their rent…if they could pay before all this, what is keeping them from paying given they are getting more staying home than when they worked??? I just don’t understand…no excuses…

  2. with all the job openings across the country there are jobs available and the additional state/federal funding must be cut off to force people to get a job and stop replying on taxpayers to support them…..the landlord/owners have their own financial responsibilities but apparently the courts don’t think they do….


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