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Eviction Ban Extended One Last Time

Time : June 21,2021 Source:

With the federal ban on evictions set to expire on June 30, the Biden Administration plans to extend the moratorium for another month. This marks the third and final occasion in which an extension has been granted. 

The moratorium was initiated in September 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the mass evictions that would have resulted from the pandemic. In January, President Biden signed an executive order extending the moratorium to March 31.

Then in March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the order to June 30.

A setback came on May 5, when U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich halted the eviction order. ruling that the CDC did not have the authority to impose the ban. However, Friedrich immediately granted a temporary stay after the U.S. Justice Department appealed. 

According to an announcement made Thursday by the Biden Administration, the latest moratorium is the first of several steps in the coming weeks that are intended to support struggling residents. Other initiatives include a housing affordability summit, coordination with local officials and legal aid organizations to minimize evictions after the moratorium expires and new guidance from the Treasury Department to streamline distribution of $21.5 billion in emergency aid. 

Critics of the moratorium responded quickly to the extension. “It remains extremely hard for me to understand how our politicians and the people at the CDC just don’t understand the unfairness of this position. The pandemic has hit our country very hard and especially those people of modest means,” Alan Hammer, an attorney and multifamily legal specialist at Brach Eichler in New Jersey, told Multi-Housing News.

“In the face of that, they have determined that landlords are essentially not entitled to have their rent paid by people who are suffering,” he added.


In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will pay off all past-due rent that has accumulated as a result of the pandemic. The step is intended to ensure that landlords get paid, while giving renters who have been unable to keep up with payments an opportunity to start fresh.

According to an Associated Press report, California has $5.2 billion from aid packages approved by Congress to cover rent. However, the state has been behind in distributing these payments, and of the $490 million in requests for assistance it has received through May 31, only $32 million has been paid. Twelve cities and 10 counties in California run their own rental assistance programs, making it harder to keep track of funds. 

Under a plan approved by the New Jersey legislature on June 24, the state’s eviction moratorium would end earlier for residents with higher incomes and  the state would distribute an additional $500 million more in rental relief. 

New Jersey renters whose household income is above 80 percent of their county’s median income would be protected from evictions until Aug. 31. Residents with a lower income would be protected until Dec. 31. After unanimous approval by the state assembly and senate, the bill was sent to Gov. Phil Murphy.