This has been a whirlwind August for renters, particularly those behind on their rent.
Siding with a coalition of landlords and real estate trade groups in Alabama and Georgia arguing the CDC did not have the authority to carry out the ban were the six conservative justices Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett.
In his dissent, Justice Breyer argued the case’s outcome was not as obvious as his colleagues in the majority suggested, and the court was not justified in canceling the moratorium so quickly when COVID-19 cases are surging.
“The public interest strongly favors respecting the CDC’s judgment at this moment, when over 90 percent of counties are experiencing high transmission rates.”
As the Associated Press reported:
“The latest moratorium covered nearly 92% of U.S. counties–those deemed to have ‘substantial’ and ‘high’ levels of coronavirus transmission.”
In response, the White House, disappointed with the decision, repeated its initial urgent plea to state and local governments to disburse federal aid to spare a third of the country from impending evictions over the upcoming month as kids all over America–many of whom will be evicted with their caregivers–are returning to school.