As you know, the CDC just extended the moratorium on evictions once again, allowing deadbeats and scumbags to leech off of society and take advantage of honest people.
However, the Alabama Association of Realtors has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services for extending the moratorium unlawfully.
The Supreme Court ruled that only the Legislative Branch — not the Executive — had authority to extend the moratorium. Critically, the CDC knew that the White House had repeatedly stated that new legislation was necessary to extend the moratorium, given the absence of executive legal authority. Congress tried, but failed, to enact a legislative extension in reliance on those representations. Yet rather than accept that as the final word under our constitutional system (which the White House initially appeared to do), the CDC extended the moratorium anyway.
And the CDC did so for nakedly political reasons — to ease the political pressure, shift the blame to the courts for ending the moratorium, and use litigation delays to achieve a policy objective. The Court should block the August 3 extension on an expedited basis to relieve the nation’s property owners of the burden of complying with this unlawful agency action.
I am actually a licensed Realtor in the state of Alabama and the housing market may be booming all over the country, but it is really something extraordinary that’s taking place in Northern Alabama.
Again, if this were to have been something that happened under President Trump’s watch, they would be impeaching him in a heartbeat over doing something that was so unconstitutional.
You’ve got to think about how this is affecting the owners of these properties. Many of them make a living off of rental income, so for people to be exempt from eviction is extremely harmful and unfair to the owners. They still have to pay the mortgage on the property and taxes on the property, but they’re not allowed to make sure people who live there will actually pay the rent?
A North Carolina landlord says that he is down $24,000 in unpaid rent from his tenants, including one who splurged on three boats and requested a $4,500 heat pump during the pandemic.
Buddy Shoup, the property owner, worries that the tab will only grow following the CDC’s recent decision to extend the moratorium on rental evictions until October 3.
The suspension of evictions was first imposed by the Trump administration at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and was set to end on July 31 until it was extended another 60 days Tuesday. The new 60-day ban protects millions of renters from eviction and covers counties with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission rates.