An important ruling was recently made regarding eviction moratoriums.
Today I’d like to discuss a recent, important ruling from Federal Judge Dabney Friederich in Washington, D.C. regarding the CDC eviction moratorium. Last week, a case was brought forth by the Alabama and Georgia Realtors Associations, who claimed that the CDC did not have the jurisdiction to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium. Other groups have brought up similar cases, such as the Apartment Association, Builders Association, and others. Every ruling that was made only applied to the people or organizations that brought the cases forward.
Judge Friederich’s case is unique because her ruling, that the CDC didn’t have the authority to impose eviction moratoriums, had nationwide scope. She wrote, “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.” This was a huge win, and my phone was ringing off the hook from people calling to ask me about what this means.
Well, the Department of Justice immediately filed an appeal following the ruling, so at this point, Judge Friederich’s ruling is on hold. I have a feeling that her ruling is going to stand but that it will also allow the national eviction moratorium to continue until the end of June to give people at least 45 days to get their affairs in order. I also think this ruling will stop any efforts by the CDC to extend it again.
Nevada’s eviction moratorium is still in place, though it expires at the end of the month. Once it’s over, we’ll be able to start the process of filing evictions and getting back to business.
If you have any questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. In the meantime, keep an eye on my blog for any important updates about this matter.