CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium To October In Most Counties

By John Triplett – Rental Housing

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has signed an order to extend the CDC eviction moratorium saying the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health-control measures to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

“This order will expire on October 3, 2021 and applies in United States counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2,” Walensky said in a release.

“The eviction moratorium allows additional time for rent relief to reach renters and to further increase vaccination rates. In the context of a pandemic, eviction moratoria—like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing—can be an effective public health measure utilized to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Eviction moratoria facilitate self-isolation and self-quarantine by people who become ill or who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 by keeping people out of congregate settings and in their own homes,” the release said.

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) issued a release saying that it “strongly opposes the CDC’s latest announcement to reimpose a federal eviction moratorium. This action is a complete reversal of the administration’s stated course announced just last week, including the perceived constitutional barriers to a CDC moratorium.