A federal judge has halted the moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control that banned evictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The judge ruled that the federal organization lacks the authority to halt rental evictions across the United States over the health threat.
Amid the pandemic, the CDC placed a moratorium barring landlords and rent-seekers from evicting tenants who were unable or refused to pay their rent. The agency did so through the Public Health Services Act.
“The Court recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious public health crisis that has presented unprecedented challenges for public health officials and the nation as a whole. The pandemic has triggered difficult policy decisions that have had enormous real-world consequences. The nationwide eviction moratorium is one such decision,” read the court’s ruling, reported the Daily Wire on Wednesday.
“It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic. 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,” the court stated.Rebel News