(Washington) Thursday evening, the United States Supreme Court lifted a ban on evictions of tenants scheduled through October, ending protections granted to millions of people in financial hardship amid the pandemic.
America’s highest court has sided with homeowners who claimed to be victims of unjustified measures and argued that any further renewal of the moratorium should be decided by Congress, not health officials – who have so far been at the root of these actions.
The first moratorium on tenant evictions was decided in 2020, when the United States was hit hard by the pandemic, and an astounding unemployment rate.
When the ban expired at the end of July, President Biden’s administration urged US parliamentarians to pass urgent legislation to extend it. What elected officials failed to do before Congress stopped working for the summer recess.
Under pressure from his party’s left wing—an elected member of the House of Representatives, Corey Bush stayed for several days in front of Capitol Hill—the Biden administration’s health authorities ended up issuing their own moratorium. They relied on the risks to public health to justify their decision.
It swept the Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, in a fifteen-page argument: “If the moratorium on evictions imposed by federal authorities is to be sustained, Congress must specifically authorize it.”
The White House immediately expressed its “disappointment.”
“Because of this decision, families will face painful evictions, and communities across the country will face an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19,” said US President’s spokesperson, Jen Psaki.
“President Biden once again calls on all capable entities – from cities and states to local courts, landlords and ministerial agencies – to act urgently to prevent evictions,” she added.
The US executive expected the moratorium to be challenged in court, but had hoped to allow additional time to pay rent money intended to help them pay their rent, but their payments have slowed significantly – particularly due to bureaucracy.
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