The new moratorium will be in effect until October 3; experts warn that opponents will be able to challenge the decision in court easily
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the introduction of a new 60-day moratorium on the eviction from rental housing of people who are in debt for housing payments due to the difficult financial situation in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium will affect about 80% of districts with a high level of infections with the new Delta strain. About 90% of the US population lives in these counties.
The CDC promised to extend the moratorium to other districts if there is also an increase in the incidence of the disease.
“The appearance of the Delta strain has led to a rapid acceleration of infection among residents of the United States, which puts more and more Americans at increased risk, especially if they are not vaccinated,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “This moratorium is the right decision to keep people at home and out of crowded places where COVID-19 is spreading.”
The CDC statement cites research data, according to which 6.9 million people were detained for rent in June.
The CDC’s order will protect millions of tenants from eviction, but it will certainly be challenged in court.
Earlier, on Sunday, the CDC rejected President Joe Biden’s request to impose a new moratorium on the eviction of debtors, citing a lack of legal authority, which follows from a recent decision of the Supreme Court.
The new moratorium will last until October 3.
“The new moratorium will give time for the money allocated by the Congress to arrive… to protect families and homeowners, ” Pelosi said in a statement. Some states, such as New York and California, have already extended local moratoriums on evictions after July 31.