The moratorium, which was supposed to be in effect until October 3, was introduced in most of the United States by order of the CDC.
The US Supreme Court lifted the federal moratorium on evictions from residential buildings. The moratorium was introduced by the administration of President Joe Biden against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic to protect socially vulnerable segments of the population from the policies pursued by landlords.
In June, the country’s Supreme Court upheld the previous ban on the eviction of defaulters from residential premises. It expired at the end of July. This time, the judges granted a lawsuit on behalf of the landlords with a request to cancel the moratorium imposed in early August by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was supposed to be in effect until October 3.
The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to uphold the federal ban on evictions from residential buildings last Monday, August 23. In their motion, lawyers for the Department of Justice said that the CDC acted within its legal authority when it extended the moratorium earlier this month until October 3.
Opponents of the continuation of the moratorium argued that the law, which the CDC relied on when introducing a ban on the eviction of defaulters, does not allow the agency to carry out such actions.
“The assertion that this law gives the CDC broad powers does not stand up to criticism,” the court said in its opinion. Three liberal judges disagreed with this decision, which was supported by six conservative judges.
The CDC first introduced a moratorium on evictions in September 2020, when the agency said that such a policy was necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 and prevent an increase in the number of homeless people during the pandemic.
The moratorium was challenged, in particular, by organizations of realtors in Alabama and Georgia.