By: Alyssa Wilson
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to leave the nationwide pause on evictions in place. The 5-4 vote rejected a request from a group of landlords asking the high court to end the moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The group of landlords asked for the moratorium, set to run through July, to be lifted. They cited unlawful government overreach, The Hill reported. Chief Justice John Robers and Justice Brett Kavanaugh agreed with the court’s three liberals to keep the order in place.
“Because the CDC plans to end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application to vacate the District Court’s stay of its order,” Kavanaugh wrote.
The CDC eviction moratorium was put in place in September 2020 under the Trump administration. It was extended multiple times as the COVID-19 pandemic continued. The Biden administration added a one-month extension, and it is expected to be the final one when it ends in July.
Kavanaugh said he believes Congress would need to adopt new legislation for the CDC to legally keep the moratorium running beyond July 31.
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The landlord group responsible for filing the emergency petition to the Supreme Court was led by the Alabama Association of Realtors. They asked the court to take the case in order to resolve legal rulings, alleging property owners have lost billions each month over the eviction freeze.