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End of Eviction Moratorium

The US national moratorium on evictions ended Aug. 26 after a 6-3 vote by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court dropped the hammer on nonpaying tenants Thursday, ruling President Joe Biden’s latest eviction ban unconstitutional. The decision frees landlords to move forward with eviction proceedings, except in the few places where local moratoriums remain in place.

Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez knocks on a door before posting an eviction order in Phoenix. An extended eviction moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been struck down.
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Millions of renters who are behind on their rent could face eviction in the coming months. A study by HUD found that around 14% of renter households were behind and nearly 10% had zero confidence in making next month’s payment. Approximately one-third of US residents are renters, many of whom have been protected from late fees since Congress passed the initial CARES Act (Comprehensive American Rental Emergency Economic Stabilization) which was signed into law in March 2020 with a moratorium for those falling behind on payments until July 2021.

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