The Biden Administration is now calling on Congress to once again extend the eviction moratorium put in place soon after the coronavirus swept over America in the Spring of 2020.
The moratorium prevents individuals behind on their rent from being evicted, resulting in economic disaster for many small landlords.
As The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Biden administration won’t move to extend a federal moratorium on the evictions of tenants who have fallen behind on their rent during the Covid-19 pandemic but is asking Congress to authorize such an extension.
President Biden would have “strongly supported” a move to further extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium, scheduled to expire on Saturday, but that option is no longer legally viable after a recent Supreme Court ruling, the administration said in a statement by press secretary Jen Psaki.
State and local governments have struggled to distribute $47 billion in federal money aimed at helping tenants who can’t pay rent because of the pandemic-triggered downturn, leaving many people at risk of being forced out of their homes when the moratorium expires.
Ms. Psaki said CDC moratorium was ending at a time of heightened vulnerability for tenants as the Covid-19 Delta variant continued to spread in many parts of the country, but she said congressional action was the only path forward.
Most observers believe it is unlikely that the moratorium will once again be extended before the Saturday deadline.