The eviction moratorium is being extended through July. The federal eviction ban was set to expire at the end of the month.
This is the fourth time that the eviction ban has been extended. The CDC says this is intended to be the final extension of the eviction moratorium.
To go along with the extension, the Treasury Department issued new guidance encouraging states and local governments to streamline the distribution of the nearly $47 billion in available emergency rental assistance funding.
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta released an open letter to state courts around the country encouraging them to pursue a number of alternatives that would protect both tenants and landlords.
Gupta’s letter states that “eviction filings are expected to overwhelm courts across the country” unless additional steps are taken.
Close to $50 billion in federal relief funds have been earmarked for renters, but getting the funds into the hands of tenants and landlords has been complicated and uneven.
“Watching this impending eviction wave is hard because the solution is available.” Diane Yentel, head of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said. “The money to address the arrears is available. It is enough money. We just need more time to get it to the landlords and tenants that need it.”
Yentel believes that it will be wasteful and cruel to allow evictions to proceed without providing resources.
“An extension provides immediate relief for six million families behind on rent and at heightened risk of eviction this summer, and gives states and cities more time to both increase vaccination rates in marginalized communities and get emergency rental assistance to tenants who need it to stay stably housed,” Yentel said.
“Until the rental assistance reaches the tenants and the vaccination rates are higher, there needs to be eviction protection in place,” Yentel added.
Bob Pinnegar, president and CEO of the National Apartment Association, says that each passing month jeopardizes the availability of safe, sustainable, and affordable housing for all Americans.
“Flawed eviction moratoriums leave renters with insurmountable debt and housing providers holding the bag as our nation’s housing affordability crisis spirals into a housing affordability disaster,” Pinnegar said.
Although the eviction moratorium has again been extended, it is not rent relief. Once the ban is lifted, renters will be expected to pay their entire back rent or set up a payment plan with their landlord. Otherwise, they could face losing their home.