While the lefty Biden administration and the leftist Democrats dominating Congress have made a big deal out of their eviction moratorium, and while a number of Americans might truly be struggling to pay rent because of the vile COVID-19 pandemic, there are also those honest and decent landlords out there who deserve to be paid for the service that they provide.
As with any policy that the Democrats get their hands on, the eviction moratorium has been inherently flawed, with the lefties failing miserably at the task of protecting the interests of all parties involved.
Instead, while the Democratic Party – pressured by its ever more radical and violent left-wing, the left of the left – has been overwhelmingly focused on defending the rights of those who have to pay rent, they have ignored completely the rights of those who lend their property and still have to maintain it throughout the pandemic without getting any rental income.
Against that backdrop, the Democrats have “shrewdly” envisioned barely any means to prevent abuses by unconscientious renters – and there seem to be plenty of cases of people taking advantage of the situation and not pay rent even though they can afford it.
Don’t pay rent – go buy a boat! Or three!
One striking case has been that of Buddy Shoup, a landlord in North Carolina who owns 35 properties, who told Fox News that he is forced to spend money on maintaining his property while some of the tenants are squandering money on anything but paying their rent.
Shoup revealed that he is owed $24,000 in unpaid rent from his tenants, while some of them, in particular, have gone out and bought three boats during the eviction moratorium so far.
He is outraged that the federal government has slowly been dribbling out rental assistance – of which only 7% has been distributed to renters in need.
The landlord expressed his resent as to how it is possible that in a time of crisis the tenants are “evidently getting money from somewhere” and spending it on stuff other than rent – such as boats in that particular case – and none of that money “is getting to me.”
The sense of entitlement of the tenants in question appears to be through the roof thanks to the eviction moratorium as those same tenants went ahead and contacted their landlord telling him to fix their air-condition as it failed in mid-summer.
As he is legally required, Shoup made the $4,500 repair but didn’t receive any more from either the cheeky tenants or the government for the additional cost.
From struggling renters to struggling landlords
The point he emphasized is that the effects of the eviction moratorium go far beyond the sheer “loss of rental income” – simply because the landlords are legally required to cough up money all the time for maintenance costs.
Shoup also shared that tries to send struggling tenants – or at least tenants who claim to be unable to pay their rent – to local assistance programs funded by the local authorities but he made it clear there hasn’t been any indication that the money in question is making it to the struggling renters.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow the CDC to continue its moratorium until July 31 and said that any future extensions would be in Congress’ hands.
But on Tuesday, the administration announced a new targeted eviction ban to replace the one that expired on Saturday.
The president said he spoke with constitutional scholars and even conceded that “the bulk of the constitutional scholars say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.”
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a new eviction moratorium aimed at protecting tenants in counties with “substantial and high levels of community transmission” of COVID-19, affecting roughly 90% of the U.S. population.