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Politics Atlanta-area judge enacts county-wide eviction moratorium

22:10  01 august  2021
22:10  01 august  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium, despite last-minute effort

  Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium, despite last-minute effort The bill would have extended the eviction freeze until Oct. 18, which is when the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 is set to expire. The CDC placed a pause on evictions last September amid economic hardships experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite an emergency appeal from real estate agent associations, landlords and other groups that argued that the CDC had exceeded its authority by imposing a moratorium, the Supreme Court allowed the eviction freeze to remain intact until the end of July.

A judge near the Atlanta area enacted a ban on evictions in DeKalb County for 60 days, going into effect when the federal eviction moratorium expired at midnight on Saturday.

a close up of a door: An eviction notice on a door © Getty Images An eviction notice on a door

DeKalb Chief Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson filed an emergency order on Friday that would establish a ban on evictions in the county for 60 days, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The order, which took effect at midnight on Saturday, was based on the continued threat of COVID-19 and the cyberattack earlier this year that was aimed at DeKalb's Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition, which slowed the issuance of federal aid.

With federal moratorium expiring, states and localities must step up

  With federal moratorium expiring, states and localities must step up Every state and local jurisdiction can do something to keep families housed, even if that action is as simple as putting a table with a couple of emergency rental assistance employees outside the door to the courtroom. With millions of families who are behind on rent at risk for eviction, all levels of government from Congress to the local justice of the peace must work to do whatever is possible to keep people housed.Anne Kat Alexander is a researcher and project manager at the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Michael Thurmond, the CEO of DeKalb, said the emergency order was a "godsend."

"Without this local extension to the (federal) moratorium, thousands of DeKalb residents faced the stark reality of having their belongings set out on the street in the midst of surging COVID-19 infection rates," he said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

The federal eviction moratorium officially expired at midnight on Saturday, putting millions of Americans at risk of being driven out from their homes even as COVID-19 cases are beginning to spike largely because of the highly infectious delta variant.

Tenets in DeKalb County owe an estimated $50 million in rent, according to the emergency order, cited by the Journal-Constitution.

Lawmakers Call for Federal Eviction Moratorium Extension at Capitol Protest

  Lawmakers Call for Federal Eviction Moratorium Extension at Capitol Protest An 11-month freeze on rental evictions ended on Saturday, leaving more than 10 million Americans facing potential homelessness.The 11-month moratorium was originally introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when the COVID-19 pandemic first swept the country—and later extended—expired on Saturday night.

Approximately 145 previously scheduled writs for eviction would have been processed if the moratorium were not extended, according to the order. There are around 1,651 writs for eviction currently pending in the DeKalb County Marshal's office.

DeKalb has allocated roughly 11 percent of the $31 million it set aside for rental and utility assistance, according to the newspaper. The county reportedly aided 763 households, but 1,657 are still pending.

President Biden and House Democrats pushed for the moratorium to be extended, but the House adjourned for recess on Friday without having the votes needed to continue the ban on evictions.

Once it was clear that the House would not have the means to pass an extension, Biden urged local governments to use federal funds to block evictions.

Revealed: Dems took millions from real estate developers before allowing eviction moratorium to end .
"Real estate developer money unites the Democratic Party" A sign calling for an extension to a federal eviction moratorium sits near Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) as she spends the night outside the U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2021.

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