Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington, DC, struck down the CDC’s moratorium on evictions of renters during the pandemic. The judge found that the CDC exceeded its powers in imposing it.
The National Association of Realtors hailed the ruling, saying that the solution to helping renters survive the pandemic was giving them assistance in paying their rent, not denying rent payments to landlords, many of whom are mom-and-pop housing providers who are struggling to survive themselves. They also argued that the ban infringes on property rights and that with the pandemic receding, the economy reopening and people going back to work, there’s no reason for a blanket nationwide ban on evictions to continue. Not to mention that is going to discourage people from going into the housing rental business, leading to housing shortages.
But the moratorium will continue, at least for now, because the Biden DOJ is appealing the ruling. They say the virus is still a threat and many people are still in danger of eviction. Okay, so why not just help those people who need it? Didn’t Congress just pass a $1.9 TRILLION “COVID relief” bill that should’ve been able to help them without stiffing property owners?
Well, yes. As the story reports, “Congress has allocated more than $45 billion to rental assistance, but much of that hasn’t reached tenants.”
So basically, this story could be boiled down to this: “The government wants to continue a one-size-fits-all policy that’s driving landlords into bankruptcy because it’s too inefficient to get rental assistance that it okayed nearly two months ago to the people who actually need it.”
And from that, the Biden Administration draws this conclusion: “We need more government involvement in solving problems.”