WASHINGTON. A group of property managers and real estate agents have asked the Supreme Court to block Biden administration’s new moratorium on evictions Friday, filing hours after a federal appeals court dismissed their protest against the pandemic policy.
The move follows a decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which rejected an urgent request from real estate interests to lift the moratorium that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed on August. 3. The judgment of the Court of Appeal was short and did not contain detailed legal reasons.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said late Friday that the administration believes the new CDC moratorium “is the correct use of its legitimate powers to protect public health.” In a statement, she said the White House is pleased that the appellate court has upheld a moratorium that “keeps Americans in dire straits in their homes.”
The same appellate court in June rejected a similar proposal to block a previous federal eviction ban. In this earlier order, DC Circuit said the CDC was likely acting legally to protect struggling tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Supreme Court at the end of June with 5-4 votes allowed the latest version of the moratorium remain in effect until it expires at the end of July. But the court also made it clear that the CDC would have a weak legal basis if it tried to impose a further ban on evictions without congressional approval.