The CDC (Trump) Says It's Halting Evictions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may or may not have the authority to halt evictions, but it plans to swing for the fences Effective immediately, it—or more accurately, Trump—plans to enact the sort of eviction moratoria tried in New York City and New Jersey nationwide.

Curated via Twitter from Gizmodo’s twitter account….

According to Bloomberg, administration officials “believe they have the ability under a federal law that allows the CDC to order emergency measures when it determines that state and local governments haven’t taken sufficient steps to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. ” The order cites section 361 of the Public Health Service Act, under which the CDC is authorized to act to prevent entry of disease into the U. S. and between states.

In the meantime, Trump has signed a handful of executive orders, including one aimed at extending the moratorium on evictions from federal housing by asking the Department of Health and Human Services and CDC to “consider” halting evictions to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Assuming the CDC’s power to enact this order isn’t deemed an overreach, and an individual is able to meet the criteria to avoid an eviction, this arrangement seems poised to bury them under a lifetime of debt.

This Order does not relieve any individual of any obligation to pay rent, make a housing payment, or comply with any other obligation that the individual may have under a tenancy, lease, or similar contract.

Nothing in this Order precludes the charging or collecting of fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis, under the terms of any applicable contract.

Perhaps most crucially, “eviction moratorium” here is not synonymous with “rent moratorium. ” Tenants would be required to pay as much as they could afford towards their rent, and the CDC’s order does not preclude landlords from loading up these renters with late fees.

Negotiations over the next stimulus package—which was expected to include some stopgap against evictions—have stalled over inconsistent views of necessary minimum support, mostly the maximum figure they’re willing to put on the table: Republicans, $1 trillion; Democrats, $3 trillion.

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