Eviction Moratorium Set to Lapse as Biden Help Effort Falters


The elimination of the federal ban will be offset by other pro-tenant initiatives that still exist. Many states and towns, including New York and California, have extended their own moratoriums, which should mitigate some of the effects. In some places, judges aware of the potential for a wave of mass displacement have said they will handle cases more slowly and make greater use of eviction diversion programs.

On Friday, several government agencies, including the Federal Housing Finance Agency, as well as the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments, announced that they would extend their eviction moratoriums to September 30.

Nonetheless, there is potential for an onslaught of eviction requests starting next week – in addition to the 450,000+ eviction cases that have been filed in courts in major cities and states since the pandemic began in March 2020.

An estimated 11 million adult renters are considered seriously behind schedule, according to a survey by the Census Bureau, but no one knows how many tenants are at risk of eviction in the near future.

Bailey Bortolin, a tenant attorney who works for the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers, said the absence of the moratorium would encourage many property owners to take their eviction backlog to court next week, which is what many renters receive eviction notice had caused them to simply vacate their apartments instead of arguing.

“I think what we will see on Monday is a drastic increase in eviction suits going out to the people and the vast majority will not go through the judicial process,” Ms. Bortolin said.

The moratorium was due to expire on June 30, but the White House and CDC, under pressure from tenant groups, extended the lockdown to July 31, hoping to use the time to accelerate the flow of rental assistance.