(IntegrityMag.com) – The CDC’s pandemic-related eviction moratorium has been a bone of contention for some time now. Its original provisions, which first came into effect in September 2020, took over after a similar CARES Act rule that expired the previous July. That moratorium prevented landlords from evicting tenants who meet certain criteria.
While this provided much-needed protection for people struggling financially as a result of the pandemic, it also left landlords in a precarious financial position.
A new, narrower CDC ban targeting COVID hotspots is now in place, and will remain in effect until October 3. However, some experts question the legality of the new measure, putting a spotlight on President Joe Biden’s recent decision to support an extension in the first place.
The President is feeling the heat from within his own party, too. Progressive Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), insist that a moratorium is essential to protect struggling renters. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) even suggested Biden should disregard expert legal opinion on the matter and file an extension anyway:
— The Hill (@thehill) August 4, 2021
This highly sensitive issue is causing a rift within the Democratic Party. Furthermore, it isn’t yet clear what course of action, if any, Joe Biden might take to heal it. Will this spell more trouble for the future of the Democratic Party? Or, will they simply overlook his potentially illegal use of executive powers?
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