The nationwide moratorium on evictions put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the height of the pandemic remains in place.
That's after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request from a group of landlords who were trying to resume evictions in the wake of a ruling last month by a federal judge who said the moratorium exceeded the agency's authority, The Hill reported.
That jurist, U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, had agreed to let her order not go into effect immediately so the Biden administration could launch an appeal. The appeals court on Wednesday rejected a request by the plaintiffs to lift the judge's stay on her own order and said that it appeared likely the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would win on appeal.
"HHS has demonstrated that lifting the national moratorium will exacerbate the significant public health risks identified by the CDC because, even with increased vaccinations, COVID-19 continues to spread and infect persons, and new variants are emerging," The Hill report quoted from the order.
This lawsuit was filed by a group of plaintiffs, including the Alabama and Georgia Realtors' associations. Other lawsuits have been filed around the country, including one from Texas where the judge threw out the ban in a case that's now also been appealed by the Biden administration. A new one was just filed by the Florida Association of Realtors in mid-May, in fact.
The ban was put in place last September during the Trump administration -- and then extended twice -- to help keep hard-hit renters from being crowded into other places, including homeless shelters, or becoming homeless while the pandemic was raging. It's now set to expire at the end of this month.
The Millionacres bottom line
The eviction that's causing billions of dollars of pain, especially to mom-and-pop landlords, appears to be intact for now, although reports across the country also indicate that it's unevenly enforced. Where it is, however, the burden seems to be falling especially hard on landlords who own smaller properties and are dependent on the rent payments to pay their own bills and keep up their own investments in that rental property.