Congress has also provided more than $ 45 billion in rental support to help troubled tenants repay rent and ensure troubled landlords can make mortgage payments, but little of that money has been distributed so far.
After the eviction ban, tenants must indicate that they are financially affected by Covid-19 and can no longer pay rent. Evictions for other reasons are still permitted.
Monday’s extension doesn’t change a fundamental policy, despite housing advocates urging administration to step up enforcement measures to prevent landlords from circumventing the moratorium.
Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said the enlargement was “essential” but it did not go far enough.
“It is disappointing that the administration has not responded to the clear evidence and also needs to strengthen order to address the shortcomings that undermine its public health purpose,” Yentel said in an email.
“While the Biden government is aware of the shortcomings in the moratorium ordinance that allow some evictions to take place during the pandemic, the CDC director has not corrected them,” she added. “It has merely expanded President Trump’s original order, leaving the loopholes and shortcomings in place. This is an unfortunate and short-sighted decision that will result in more harmful evictions during the pandemic.”