A federal judge scrapped a nationwide moratorium on evictions, saying the CDC went beyond its authority

  • A US federal judge blocked a CDC order that prevented landlords from evicting tenants during the pandemic.
  • “The CDC order must be set aside,” the judge said in a 20-page ruling.
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A US federal judge on Wednesday blocked an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that prevented landlords from evicting their tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The CDC order must be set aside,” US District Judge Dabney Friedrich said in a 20-page ruling.

“It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic,” the ruling said. “The question for the Court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not.”

 

President Joe Biden on his first day in office extended the order through June 30 to aid struggling tenants through the pandemic’s financial fallout. 

The order has been the subject of multiple legal battles and concerns from renters and housing advocates. The Associated Press reported in November that the nationwide order aimed to protect more than 23 million renters often left tenants vulnerable because of uneven enforcement on the state and local level. 

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