A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to lift the federal moratorium on evictions during the Covid-19 outbreak, leaving the ban in place until the end of July.
Voting 5-4, the justices
“Because the CDC plans to end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application,” Kavanaugh wrote.
Kavanaugh said he would require congressional authorization to extend the ban beyond July 31, something the CDC has said it doesn’t intend to do.
The other eight justices gave no explanation. Justices
A federal trial judge ruled that the moratorium exceeded the CDC’s authority but then put a stay on the ruling while the government appealed. The challengers then asked the Supreme Court to lift the stay.
The ban applies to tenants who, if evicted, would have “no other available housing options.” The CDC and President
The CDC moratorium was put in place by former President
The case is Alabama Association of Realtors v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 20A169.
(Updates with excerpt from Kavanaugh opinion, in fourth paragraph.)
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