Federal Judge Sets Aside Eviction Moratorium Imposed by the CDC

A Federal Appeals Court Judge for the District of Columbia has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) overstepped their authority by issuing and subsequently extending an eviction moratorium as a result of the pandemic. Judge Dabney Friedrich said that the CDC only has discrete powers that extend directly to the pandemic, with eviction edicts not being among them. Other Judges have clashed saying this power was instilled in them by Congress.

While this ruling will not have any immediate effect, it is certainly painting a further unfavorable portrait of the CDC, who's guidance has been wildly counter productive at times. There is no denying that the hardships born by tenants that fell behind can't be denied, but to deny landlords their rights does not solve the bigger problem. Two wrongs don't make a right. Simply put, in any stimulus that provides funds for tenants who've fallen behind, every dollar given should be matched with assistance for affected landlords, many facing foreclosure, bankruptcy, etc.

The pandemic was the fault of no one considered in this article, and as such tenants should not benefit more than suffering landlords, and vice-versa. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail, but only time will tell. 

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