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U.S. COVID-19 eviction ban expires, leaving renters at risk

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Workers break up the furniture left by a renter who was evicted after a 48-hours notice for violating the terms of her lease in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A pandemic-related U.S. government ban on residential evictions expired at midnight on Saturday, putting millions of American renters at risk of being forced from their homes.

The expiration was a blow to President Joe Biden, who on Thursday made a last-ditch request to Congress to extend the moratorium, citing the raging Delta variant.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned without reviewing the tenant protections after a Republican congressman blocked a bid to extend it by unanimous consent until Oct. 18. Democratic leaders said they lacked sufficient support to put the proposal to a formal vote.

The U.S. Senate held a rare Saturday session but did not address the eviction ban. The White House had made clear it would not unilaterally extend the protections, arguing it does not have legal authority to do so following a Supreme Court ruling in June.

More than 15 million people in 6.5 million U.S. households are currently behind on rental payments, according to a study by the Aspen Institute and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, collectively owing more than $20 billion to landlords.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday said that in "every state in this country, families are sitting around their kitchen table right now, trying to figure out how to survive a devastating, disruptive and unnecessary eviction."

Democratic Representative Cori Bush and others spent Friday night outside the U.S. Capitol https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-lawmaker-spends-night-outside-capitol-protest-return-evictions-2021-07-31 to call attention to the issue.

She asked how parents could go to work and take care of children if they are evicted. "We cannot put people on the street in a deadly global pandemic," Bush said on Saturday.

Landlord groups opposed the moratorium, and some landlords have struggled to keep up with mortgage, tax and insurance payments on properties without rental income.

An eviction moratorium has largely been in place under various measures since late March 2020. The ban by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went into effect in September 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19 and prevent homelessness during the pandemic. It has been extended multiple times, most recently through Saturday.

CDC said in June it would not issue further extensions. A CDC spokeswoman confirmed that the moratorium had expired but declined to comment further.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in explaining the need to extend the eviction ban, noted that out of $46.5 billion in rental relief previously approved by Congress, "only $3 billion has been distributed to renters."

Late Saturday, Pelosi said lawmakers were demanding "the $46.5 billion provided by Congress be distributed expeditiously to renters and landlords."

Some Democratic lawmakers early Sunday were rallying outside the Capitol to call for the ban's reinstatement.

Some states like California and New York have chosen to extend eviction moratoriums beyond July 31. Federal agencies that finance rental housing on Friday urged owners of those properties to take advantage of assistance programs and avoid evicting tenants.

U.S. COVID-19 eviction ban expires, leaving renters at risk
 

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Mike Mike
Mike Mike Aug 01, 2021 10:13PM ET
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Looters don't pay rents
Jeffrey Whittinghill
Jeffrey Whittinghill Aug 01, 2021 9:30PM ET
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Get a job. Renters at risk? Liberal writer obviously. Owners are risk you jck a s
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 01, 2021 9:30PM ET
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Toxic and cynnical
steven edwards
steven edwards Aug 01, 2021 9:26PM ET
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Starting salary in congress is $174,000 + benefits, around three times the national median household salary in the US. Nancy Pelosi, a career politician, has a reported networth of over $150 million and owns several properties including at least one vineyard in her state, while homeless people line the streets. Democrats only care about putting money and power into their own hands, while making the rest of society perpetually dependent on the government. Ask Nancy Pelosi how many of the homeless people in her state stay rent free in any of her properties...nay, find ANY democrat member of Congress who allows anybody to stay on any of their properties rent free. Even Bernie Sanders, communist, owns three properties.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 01, 2021 9:26PM ET
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Copy paste hate spam
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Aug 01, 2021 8:18PM ET
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I Didn't miss a rent payment and I was out of work for 5 Weeks the whole time. If you lazy bump, it’s a different story.
Louis Lipps
Louis Lipps Aug 01, 2021 7:44PM ET
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If you don't pay rent then you ain't black
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison Aug 01, 2021 7:43PM ET
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you're not a renter if you don't pay rent .
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Aug 01, 2021 6:42PM ET
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Maybe these people should have been a bit more financially responsible knowing that they would need to pay eventually? If they end of living in their cars thats the bed they made! Also there are jobs everywhere so no excuses! I dont feel bad for a single evictor as they did this to themselves.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 01, 2021 6:42PM ET
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Why dont they eat cake eh? Must be nice up on that pedestal.
Louis Lipps
Louis Lipps Aug 01, 2021 6:37PM ET
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Get a job people.  Losers.
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Aug 01, 2021 6:31PM ET
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Time to kick out the trash
Al Gore
Al Gore Aug 01, 2021 6:30PM ET
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typical liberal: "If I pay rent, and the owner uses it to pay mortgage, shouldn't my name be on the deed?"
Meru Pet
Meru Pet Aug 01, 2021 6:30PM ET
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this happens more or less in France, if you rent a land to a farmer for money: the occupant can buy the field back at a lower price
Picaso Fish
Picaso_Fish Aug 01, 2021 6:30PM ET
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America does not like France, they are socialists
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Aug 01, 2021 6:27PM ET
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they never should have imposed it. they made more money by staying home, so why could they not pay rent? why doesn't Pelosi and AOC let them live with them.
Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez Aug 01, 2021 6:22PM ET
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Good, no more free money either; make them go back to work!
Joseph Pena
Joseph Pena Aug 01, 2021 6:20PM ET
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Does the bill protect the actual property owners from foreclosure?
peter neal
peter neal Aug 01, 2021 6:19PM ET
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Landlords taxes have skyrocketed to pay for free programs for the lazy and entitled and now they think they should live in your property rent free. Many places have enacted rent control and double your property taxes to pay for immagrants and drug addicts. The major crimes waves are lowering property values with bums sleeping on the streets in front of your property. Time for a drastic change.
David Pires
David Pires Aug 01, 2021 6:17PM ET
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Just what the politicians want, dependence on government for everything. AKA disaster waiting to happen.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 01, 2021 6:09PM ET
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They live rent free for months. Now it is time to Work ur rear off then u wont have to worry about eviction
Picaso Fish
Picaso_Fish Aug 01, 2021 6:06PM ET
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look the problem is too much government and not enough capitalism. If the government never got involved you wouldn't have had $$$ for the rent in the first place and could have used the capital more productively to purchase cheaper tents to live in. Now that your all getting thrown out all at the same time, it will create strain on the economy and homeless shelters.
rizwan aslam
rizwan aslam Aug 01, 2021 5:43PM ET
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Growing econmic why rental need help. Home price went up crazy and going up crazy. Need help lol
rizwan aslam
rizwan aslam Aug 01, 2021 5:42PM ET
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Lol
Jose Soberanes
Jose Soberanes Aug 01, 2021 5:20PM ET
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At risk? Lol
CHADWICK RICHINGTON
CHADWICK RICHINGTON Aug 01, 2021 4:45PM ET
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The laws of economics do not care about your feelings
Mike Lomash
Mike Lomash Aug 01, 2021 4:44PM ET
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How about the landlord mortgages? Those had to be paid while you sat on your asses
CHADWICK RICHINGTON
CHADWICK RICHINGTON Aug 01, 2021 4:44PM ET
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Nobody cares about landlords buddy
Leo Mak
Leo Mak Aug 01, 2021 4:36PM ET
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sitting around the table and thinking? how about get off your ying yangs and get a job. lazy people
Richard Ash
Richard Ash Jul 31, 2021 6:27PM ET
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Get a job and pay your rent. If not, go and live in a box!
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jul 31, 2021 5:38PM ET
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We limits put on foreigners owning housing, and corporations owning housing. Housing should NOT be a business!!!
Serg NewJersey
Serg NewJersey Jul 31, 2021 5:38PM ET
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Small brain. You need to move to north Korea. Oh.. Wait. Housing is biz even in NK
Blake Lacy
Blake Lacy Jul 31, 2021 5:38PM ET
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I suppose your answer is communism, right?
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jul 31, 2021 5:38PM ET
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Serg NewJersey  small “____” .. I said limits. Nothing communist about limiting foreigners to 1 American home, and corps to, say, 50.. unless the end goal is to make every American a “renter”.. oh wait, THAT IS communism.. you guys are completely upside down on your thinking here. Keeping people from being homeowners is EXACTLY communism.
 
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