America ‘s eviction ban once again has been struck down sending nearly 11m Americans into worries that they could lose their homes because big money trumps morality. On Friday, the SCOTUS confirmed in an 8-page ruling that the CDC ‘s move to extend the ban by 60 days earlier this month was overstepping essentially their legal authority.
The move now puts an estimated 11m Americans or more at immediate risk of losing their homes because landlords have won again. In the ruling, landlords claimed that they could no longer house people for free simply because they were losing out on funds. It’s worth noting that they’re not losing out of funds as the government has laid out billions in rent relief that have in most states not even made it to renters yet.
U.S Congress has authorized more than $45B in federal coins towards rental assistance but due to poor government management not much of that has made it to those who need it. Instead landlords are arguing that renters are at fault for not paying but it isn’t like state and local governments are the most organised either.
The application for the rent relief by the federal government does temporarily delay any evictions because landlords can then get paid. If they’re not cooperating (the landlord) the funds can go directly to renters who then can pay their landlords.
Despite the removal of a federal level ban, some states (like NY for example) still have their own eviction bans that have not been deemed illegal.