Supreme Court Showdown Expected Over Eviction Moratorium

A Supreme Court showdown is in the works after a federal appeals court sided in favor of keeping the eviction moratorium in place.

Details of Ruling

The Friday ruling rejected the plea of the plaintiff representing a group of landlords asking the court to stop the latest round of moratoriums on residential evictions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned down the emergency request levied by two different chapters of the National Association of Realtors asking to stop the current eviction ban. The chapters represented groups in Florida and Georgia.

History of Eviction Ban

The current moratorium was put into place by the administration of President Joe Biden after the previous legislation expired at the end of July 2021. The new moratorium is set to expire on October 3.

The original moratorium was set by Congress in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After this legislation expired a few months later, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stepped in to issue a new moratorium. The CDC said that the moratorium was needed in order to mitigate the spread of the virus and to reduce the number of homeless during the challenging time.

What Is Next

The court’s decision now means that the Supreme Court can hear the argument. The plaintiff is arguing that the Biden administration has abused its authority by issuing the moratorium. The group of realtors said that they are disappointed in the appellate court’s ruling but that they will continue their goal of advocating for housing providers by filing the motion with the Supreme Court.