Liberal judges expressed disagreement with the majority decision.
The Supreme Court has granted a petition by a group of New York landlords to partially block the state’s moratorium on evictions, prohibiting landlords from evicting certain tenants in the face of a pandemic.
Three liberal judges disagreed with the majority’s ruling and said they would prefer to keep the moratorium in force.
The moratorium is due to expire on August 31.
In an unsigned resolution, the court stated that it had blocked the part of the moratorium that allows the tenant to “independently confirm the existence of financial difficulties.” This provision prohibits the landlord from challenging this certificate and referring the case to the court.
The judges said that this scheme violates the long-standing position of the Supreme Court, according to which “no one can be a judge in his own case,” as provided for by the due process clause in the constitutional amendments.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration seeks to maintain a new federal moratorium on evictions as part of a separate lawsuit.