A pandemic inspired eviction ban in the United States is poised to come to an end next month but not without much public discussion. This week the United States Supreme Court ruled against a group of landlords that had hoped their ruling would cease the moratorium and allow them to move forward with waves of evictions. The court rejected the idea given that the eviction ban is set to expire next month, and, within that month states would have just enough time to allocate federally allocated monies towards eviction funds in their jurisdictions.
On Tuesday, SCOTUS voted 5-4 to leave the ban in place in an effort to provide states 30 extra days to sufficiently disperse billions in emergency rental funds (granted people can actually get through the endless bureaucratic red tape.)
While the idea of ending the ban seems cruel to anyone with common sense, landlords and big business are eager to get paying tenants back into homes whilst throwing others out. Though if the ban is ended prematurely without other protections in place — social unrest is almost inevitable as scores of Americans would actually be homeless at this point overrunning America’s already troubled shelter system.
Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas all said they would have ended the ban as of today.