For the past year or so, multiple national eviction bans prohibited Americans from losing their home in midst of a pandemic. However, last week the Supreme Court rejected the national moratorium that was placed by the CDC. This brings about concerns for landlords as well as the economy.
After a 6-3 vote by the Supreme Court, the national eviction moratorium in the United States came to an end on August 26. The CDC had imposed the ban, which was extended by President Joe Biden’s administration only days before it was due to expire on July 31. The moratorium was enacted to focus attention on the regions most affected by growing COVID-19 cases, which might be exacerbated by large evictions and was expected to cover over 90% of renters in the United States.
“Evictions were supposed to be suspended until Oct. 3, but this was challenged by landlords, trade associations and real estate companies. In issuing its ruling, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court argued that the federal government didn’t have the power to order such a ban and that the CDC had exceeded its authority. At least 11 million renters have fallen behind on rent and some 3.6 million households could face evictions in the coming months.”From the CNet article, “The federal eviction moratorium is gone. What renters should know now”
Who is being affected?
Millions of tenants might risk eviction in the coming months if they fall behind on their payments. According to a research conducted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the spring, around 14% of the 44 million renter families were behind on their rent, and nearly 10% had no confidence in their ability to pay the following month’s rent. Since Congress approved the first CARES Act in March 2020, over one-third of the US population has been protected by some type of eviction moratorium, many of whom have been safeguarded by some form of eviction moratorium.
Adults’ employment is disrupted by evictions, just as children’s schools are disrupted by evictions. An eviction might make it difficult for people to focus on their jobs, as well as their health and hygiene. Being cognitively accessible for work is vital, yet eviction has a profound effect on people’s brains and emotions. It’s a continual worry about where they’ll sleep that night, and if they’re a parent, how are the kids? Most people who get evicted are more likely to lose their job and struggle to support their family. However, landlords are struggling to get a stable paycheck with all the leeway.