According to a recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, Democrats are urging Biden to extend the eviction ban as about 6 million tenant households are behind on rent.
The CDC first passed the ban in September, citing a public health law that gives the agency certain powers to prevent communicable diseases from crossing state lines. Although Congress and the White House later extended the policy three times, landlords have challenged the eviction moratorium in courts across the country. The National Association of Realtors filed an appeal with the Supreme Court earlier this month, and the case is pending.
Congress has allocated more than $ 46 billion in emergency rent assistance to state and local officials to distribute to troubled tenants, but much of that money still hasn’t gotten into the hands of landlords, who always nor for property taxes, mortgage payments and operating costs.
On Tuesday, the legislature did not specify in a letter to Biden how long the eviction moratorium should be extended. However, they said it was an urgent racial justice issue and pointed to data suggesting that minority households were at greater risk of losing their homes. They also called for the current ban, which forbids eviction due to non-payment of rent, to be “significantly strengthened”.[ed]. “
“The Biden government must help those at risk of eviction by extending and significantly strengthening the current CDC moratorium to ensure that safeguards are automatic and self-carried out and that tenants are not expected to do a multitude of them Having to cope with excessively onerous eligibility requirements to stay safely in their homes, “they said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.