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Federal Court Rules CDC’s COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium of Non-Paying Tenants Is Unlawful
Epoch Times ^
| Jack Phillips
Posted on 07/23/2021 6:38:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A federal court on Friday ruled that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overstepped its authority by halting evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cincinnati-based U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed (pdf) with a lower court ruling that said the CDC engaged in federal overreach with the eviction moratorium, which the agency has consistently extended for months. Several weeks ago, the CDC announced it would allow the policy, which was passed into law by Congress, to expire at the end of July.
“It is not our job as judges to make legislative rules that favor one side or another,” the judges wrote. “But nor should it be the job of bureaucrats embedded in the executive branch. While landlords and tenants likely disagree on much, there is one thing both deserve: for their problems to be resolved by their elected representatives.”
The ruling upheld one handed down by U.S. District Judge Mark Norris, who in March blocked enforcement of the moratorium throughout western Tennessee.
Under the moratorium, tenants who have lost income during the pandemic can declare under penalty of perjury that they’ve made their best effort to pay rent on time. The CDC claimed the measure was necessary to prevent people from having to enter overcrowded conditions if they were evicted, which would, according to the agency, impact public health.
Previously, the CDC’s lawyers argued in court filings that Congress authorized the eviction freeze as part of its COVID-19 relief legislation, while simultaneously asserting that the moratorium was within its authority. Those arguments were rejected by the three-panel appeals court on Friday.
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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cdc; eviction; federalcourt; federaljudge; marknorris; marknorrissr; marksnorris; politicaljudiciary; propertyrights; rentals; wdtennessee
Yes, but this does not solve the problem.
Just last month, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rejected a different plea by landlords to end the ban on evictions.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh had written in an opinion (pdf) that while he believes that the CDC had exceeded its authority by implementing the moratorium, he voted against ending it because the policy is set to expire July 31.
“Those few weeks,” he wrote, “will allow for additional and more orderly distribution” of the funds that Congress has appropriated to provide rental assistance to those in need because of the pandemic."
Does the order do anything to address the income loss of the landlords? I wonder how many went under??
posted on 07/23/2021 6:44:13 PM PDT
I am hoping that the day will come when the federal and state governments will be held liable for damages due to every eviction that they prevented. Lost rent, property damage- The who nine yards. The first thing is to find some lawyers who have the guts to take on the government. They are not easy to find.
posted on 07/23/2021 7:01:20 PM PDT
I hope more Americans are beginning to realize that the COVID planscamdemic and the CDC power grab are the poisonous fruits of Obamacare.
posted on 07/23/2021 7:22:36 PM PDT
( COVID lockdowns are the Establishment's attack on the middle class and our Republic )
Since when has the CDC had such authority. It seems tangential to eminent domain and it’s violation.
posted on 07/23/2021 7:25:41 PM PDT
(Don't be a pansy, embrace the fireball.)
did these people NOT get extra $300week tax dollars?
is that not enough to pay rent?
posted on 07/23/2021 7:30:00 PM PDT
(there is no fall back position, there's no rally point, there is no LZ... we're on our own. P144:1)
This was Trumped all the way - a Trump judge at the district court level, then two Trump judges and a Reagan judge kissed this one goodbye.
posted on 07/23/2021 8:44:03 PM PDT
(China Joe and Paycheck Hunter - the Chink in America's defenses)
I thought SCOTUS ruled that CDC has this power.
posted on 07/23/2021 8:46:37 PM PDT
posted on 07/23/2021 8:55:00 PM PDT
RE: I thought SCOTUS ruled that CDC has this power.
Actually no. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the swing vote, had written in an opinion that while he believes that the CDC had exceeded its authority by implementing the moratorium ( which means he believes the CDC DOES NOT have this power), he voted against ending it because the policy is set to expire July 31.
I thought it was a VERY WEAK decision. What’s to stop CDC from re-imposing this mandate after July 31 ( using the same authority he said the CDC exceeded )?
By not stopping the CDC from exceeding its power DEAD ON ITS TRACKS, Kavanaugh is simply opening up the possibility of MORE litigation ahead.
I had reservations about Kavanuagh when Trump nominated him for reasons related to his PAST decisions as a Judge. Unfortunately, the bogus, sexual assault accusations took the focus off his judicial record, which SHOULD have been the MAIN focus.
A mini-version of O’Connor’s holding that racial bias in the form of affirmative action was contitutional, but only for another 25 years.
Coo-coo for CoCo Puffs.
posted on 07/23/2021 9:13:52 PM PDT
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