Eviction Moratorium Quashed by Supreme Court
Eviction Moratorium Quashed by Supreme Court
Finally, some good news for the Constitution came from the Supreme Court on Thursday night. SCOTUS declared in a 6-3 opinion that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had no right to continue its moratorium on eviction. Progressives are crying in their beer, but time’s up for deadbeat renters.
The original moratorium ended on July 31, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh had voted in June to extend it for another month to allow an “orderly transition.” However, he agreed that it was unconstitutional and would not vote to continue it.
Nor did he. He voted, along with Justices Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas, Coney-Barrett, and Chief Justice John Roberts to halt the moratorium. They declared that the CDC had exceeded its authority:
“The C.D.C. has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination. It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the C.D.C. the sweeping authority that it asserts.”
The usual suspects dissented, including liberal Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, and Breyer. Breyer, in fact, opined that extending the eviction moratorium was “justified by the Delta-variant surge.”
Of course. Because everything is always about Covid.
However, the dirty little not-so-secret is that the administration has been pathetic in its distribution of federal rent funds. In fact, only $5.1 billion of the $46.5 billion in aid was in the hands of renters. So it’s the feds who are the Bad Guys here, not landlords who want their back rent.
But progressives are weeping copious tears about all those poor tenants being thrown onto the streets because of that mean, right-wing Supreme Court!
Like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who tweeted:
A group of right wing extremists just decided to throw families out of their homes during a global pandemic.
This is an attack on working people across our country and city. New York won’t stand for this vile, unjust decision. https://t.co/Tw6Bt97GC9
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 27, 2021
But Dana Perino pointed out this inconvenient truth:
“Sir, NY still has 98% of their rental aid sitting in its coffers. NY has distributed the same amount as Wyoming. Your citizens deserve so much better.”
And Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), cried big Twitter tears about having spent five days on the Capitol steps fighting for renters, only for this to happen. Have these SCOTUS justices have no heart? No shame?
We were outside the Capitol for 5 days. Rain. Heat. Cold.
If they think this partisan ruling is going to stop us from fighting to keep people housed, they’re wrong.
Congress needs to act immediately. For every unhoused or soon to be unhoused person in our districts. https://t.co/Boi3rUaZ4Y
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) August 27, 2021
Good Lord, you’d think the U.S. is Dickensian London, SCOTUS is Ebenezer Scrooge, and evicted tenants all resemble the sympathetic characters in the painting above.
Finally, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said screw it all — just cancel all rent and mortgages, will ya? After all, it’d only be during the pandemic — which you know will never end if the Democrats have their way.
Prevent mass evictions and homelessness. Cancel rent AND mortgages for the duration of the pandemic.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 27, 2021
As a landlord, I say good for SCOTUS for finally standing up for the Constitution, as well as the rights of property owners. To paraphrase Joe Biden: “Here’s the deal: I own a rental building. You want to live in it. You pay me the rent on time and take care of my property. Follow these rules and will I let you stay, because it’s my property. Not yours. Capisce?”
I know, it sounds harsh. So mean! I’ll bet a ton of renters think I just sit back and wait for gobs of rent money to flow in.
Except the overhead on the multiple duplexes and one four-plex my brother and I inherited from our parents’ estate leave very little profit. We pay upfront:
After all that, my monthly check from my properties is bupkis. I thank God that my parents paid off the properties, and I have no mortgages on them. Otherwise I’d be underwater. I’m also thankful that Covid minimally affected our rentals last year, although my brother and I were prepared to work with laid-off tenants. Responsible landlords want to avoid eviction whenever possible.
What’s more, it’s small investors like my parents — and now me — who own over 70% of rental properties. So when renters can’t, or won’t, pay their rent, small-time landowners are put into a world of hurt, too. Most of them still owe mortgages on their properties. Where do they go when their tenants won’t pay and eviction is not an option? Live in their car, like Brenda LaCasse, a single mom landlord in New York State?
But the Supreme Court just gave small-time landlords a break. They can now kick out their deadbeat tenants. And SCOTUS just lit a fire under bureaucrats who are sitting on tons of relief money. But best of all, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the rights of Americans to control the property they own.