The Centers for Disease Control with the backing of President Biden defied the Supreme Court earlier this week when they issued an unconstitutional eviction moratorium aimed at private property owners. But now owners are fighting back, suing the administration for their overreach of power.
A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday on behalf of property owners against the federal declaration that even President Biden himself admitted was on shaky legal grounds. The National Association of Realtors in Georgia and Alabama sued to strike down the moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control, and also led the charge against the now-sunset moratorium that ended on July 31st.
.@POTUS on targeted eviction moratorium: "The courts already ruled on the present eviction moratorium… I asked the CDC to go back and consider other options that may be available. You're going to hear from them what those other options are." https://t.co/83m7FGb0vD pic.twitter.com/4TB7k4SaCT
— The Hill (@thehill) August 4, 2021
The real estate groups warn that their members face enormous financial losses as a result of the moratorium, and accused the CDC of giving in to political pressure from Democrats who were outraged when the Supreme Court wouldn’t let them continue the moratorium indefinitely.
Eleven housing industry groups formed a coalition and issued a statement on Wednesday expressing their opposition to the continued moratorium and pointed out, as the Supreme Court already has, that the Biden administration and the CDC have no legal authority to extend or create another targeted eviction moratorium.
Charlie Oppler, President of the National Association of Realtors explains that “half of… housing providers” fit the category of “mom-and-pop operators,” and says that the lack of rental income poses a major threat to these individuals as “they cannot pay their own bills,” much less maintain the rental properties.
An advocacy group for landlords sued the federal government over their original extension of the moratorium, seeking repayment for damages caused by the bill.
The National Apartment Association issued a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at the federal government, and explains that by the end of 2020, over 10 million tenants were behind on rent amounting to $57 billion in lost income. Apartment owners got saddled with $27 billion in debt that was not paid by the federal rental assistance program.
The suit adds that the CDC’s moratorium also “sets a dangerous precedent” regarding “future disaster-response measures,” especially given the results of the latest moratorium wherein landowners were unable to evict non-paying tenants and were ultimately still forced to pay maintenance costs for properties that were hemorrhaging money.
During a White House briefing held on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the President’s total disregard for the constitution as he attacks private property rights.
FANTASTIC question from @CBSNewsRadio's @StevenPortnoy about the legality of extending the eviction moratorium: "What's the White House's message, then, to Americans who…are now disappointed the President is signaling that he doesn't respect the rule of law." pic.twitter.com/ymci5wkWVl
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 4, 2021
Author: Raymond Thomas