(PresidentialWire.com)- A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that the moratorium on evicting renters that was implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year should never have been implemented…because the CDC doesn’t have the authority to do it.
The ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped landlords in Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky from being able to evict residents even if they refused to make rent payments – for whatever reason. The idea was to ensure that people who lost their job because of COVID-19 wouldn’t be left homeless, but it ultimately meant that landlords didn’t receive income on their properties and many even fell behind on mortgage payments.
What was bizarre about the situation, however, is that it was implemented by an agency that simply didn’t have the authority to do it. That’s why the decision on the three-judge panel was unanimous, following a ruling by a lower court in March that also ruled that the CDC had overstepped its authority.
Judges Amul Thapar, John Bush, and Alan Norris said that the CDC did not have the authority under eviction law to make rulings on whether or not landlords could evict tenants during the Pandemic. Judge Thapar said that while landlords and tenants will likely disagree on this issue, they both deserved for their problems to be resolved “by their elected representatives.”
And not through an unelected agency…
The moratorium is set to finally expire on July 31 and President Joe Biden has confirmed that it will not be extended any further, meaning anybody who has been refusing to pay rent will soon have to pay up to get out.
It may also prompt people who are still receiving unemployment benefits to start looking for work in a market that is desperately looking for new workers.
Let’s hope that this serves as a lesson for U.S. government agencies in the future…but at some point, you have to ask why the CDC even thought for a moment that it had the authority to make decisions like that.