The national eviction ban expires at the end of March. The CDC will likely expand it
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may extend the September national eviction moratorium, which is now due to expire at the end of March.
The CDC has submitted a proposal to the Bureau of Administration and Budget to review the regulations, which experts say indicates the health authority is taking steps to maintain protection as coronavirus cases rise in many states and millions of Americans are lagging behind on their rent.
“It’s not a guarantee, but filing with OMB means the administration is likely to extend the CDC eviction order,” said Shamus Roller, executive director of the National Housing Law Project.
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Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, agreed, saying it was “very likely” that the ban will be extended before it expires in nine days.
CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said a decision to extend the moratorium had not been made. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Landlord groups have spoken out against the eviction ban and stated that the pandemic has lasted for more than a year and that they can no longer accommodate tenants free of charge and allow residues.
“Short-term measures such as eviction moratoriums are causing tenants to incur insurmountable debt and jeopardizing the ability for rental housing providers to provide safe and affordable housing,” said Bob Pinnegar, president of the National Apartment Association.
Housing advocates point out that Congress has now provided more than $ 45 billion in rental support to help fix these arrears, saying it would be a waste of that money to allow evictions before they reach tenants and their landlords .
“President Biden must extend the moratorium until funds for the emergency rent are used up,” said Yentel.
Recent research has found evictions during the pandemic have resulted in up to 400,000 additional coronavirus cases as many displaced persons with family members or friends double up or are forced to turn to overcrowded shelters.
“Increasing evictions lead to an increased spread of Covid-19 and possible deaths from Covid-19,” said Yentel.
As of January, nearly 20% of tenants in the US were behind on their housing allowance payments.
Calls for an improvement in the CDC’s eviction ban
Although the CDC banned most evictions during the public health crisis, many landlords are still displacing their tenants.
Since the CDC ban went into effect, Jim Baker, executive director of the Private Equity Stakeholder Project, has counted nearly 50,000 new evictions filed by corporate landlords in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas alone.
During the same period, Princeton University’s Eviction Lab identified more than 180,000 evictions in the five states and 19 cities it is tracking.
Another report found that the CDC ban stopped less than 10% of eviction cases in Harris County, Texas, where most of Houston is located.
Real estate experts say renters don’t need to apply for protection to really stop evictions during the public health crisis. Rather, all eviction steps should remain in court, and clear penalties must be set for landlords who break the law.
Matthew Turner is one of the millions of Americans struggling to pay their rent as part of the pandemic.
Matthew Turner (right) and his husband Gerard.
Photo: Matthew Turner
In October he was dismissed from his work as a consultant. He and his husband Gerard have used up all of their savings and sold their furniture, including their bed, to stay in their house for the past few months. They currently sleep on the floor in their two bedroom apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina.
You now have no options and you can no longer pay the rent for April. If they are forced to leave, Turner says they need to sleep in his van.
He hopes the CDC ban will be extended, but says it also needs to be improved. In the past few months he has seen many of his neighbors displaced despite the law.
“I see people walking every day who bring their furniture and put it in the dump,” said the 48-year-old Turner. “It just doesn’t reach the people here. I don’t feel safe at all.”