The federal judge who blocked a national moratorium on evictions said she would temporarily allow the moratorium to continue while she considers an emergency request by the Biden administration.
In an order issued late Wednesday, Judge
The Department of Health and Human Services sought an emergency pause last night on the ruling Wednesday by the judge in Washington.
“Undisputed scientific evidence shows that evictions exacerbate the spread of Covid-19, which has already killed more than half a million Americans, and the harm to the public that would result from unchecked evictions cannot be undone,” government lawyers wrote in the filing. “Every court to consider the question has held that landlords suffer no irreparable injury as a result of the moratorium.”
In her earlier ruling, the Trump-appointed judge said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exceeded its authority by issuing a broad moratorium on evictions across all rental properties. Landlords groups welcomed the decision.
Friedrich’s ruling was a setback to efforts by President
The suit was brought by the
Paula Cino, vice president for construction, development and land use policy at the National Multifamily Housing Council, said yesterday that the country is in a far different place than it was early in the pandemic. By continuing the CDC moratorium, she said, the federal government was “ignoring the progress made.”
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