(RepublicanReport.org) – The COVID-19 pandemic has made its presence felt in countless ways. One of the less frequently considered effects of the virus has been the relationship between landlords and tenants. Many tenants have found themselves unable to pay rent due to lost work; however, many landlords have also been struggling financially.
In March 2020, under the Trump administration, the CARES Act established an eviction moratorium to protect renters affected financially by the virus. This has since been extended a number of times. The CDC recently attempted to push the deadline out to June 30, 2021. However, on Wednesday, May 5, a federal judge ruled that the CDC overstepped its authority here, effectively vacating the moratorium. It was always considered a temporary fix and is subject to congressional action to change it.
The Justice Department has since appealed this decision, and the judge agreed to put a temporary hold on the ruling.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 5, 2021
This is just one example of the constant balancing of legal interests our leaders have had to perform since the virus hit. Hopefully, once all our vulnerable citizens have received vaccinations, and people get back to working onsite, we can leave all this behind to resume our normal lives.
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