Eviction Moratorium Quashed by Supreme Court

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:

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?

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.

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.

eviction

Giphy.com.

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:

  • Monthly salary for a property maintenance man;
  • State property taxes, due twice per year;
  • Insurance;
  • Services of a property manager;
  • Services of an accountant;
  • Any repairs that arise, since these are older buildings.

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.

 

Featured image: Evicted Tenants by Erik Henningsen, 1892.  jean louis mazieres/flickr/cropped/CC BY-ND-SA 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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  • American Human says:

    Liberals are always like this. Whenever a thing needs to be done, it’s always “But if it only saves one person then…” So doing this they help people to not pay rent, they want everyone to mask up, stay indoors, and depend on the government for everything, or take your guns away. They want to spend trillions of dollars because it may save one person. If only they thought about the millions of little tiny babies they want to kill, or the 60,000+ people killed in auto accidents. There is no sense, rhyme, reason, reality, decency, honesty, etc. to anything they do.

    • Scott says:

      “There is no sense, rhyme, reason, reality, ” I’ll disagree with you there AH, it’s all about profit and power for those lefties in charge, is the motive behind most of what they push for evil? yep, sure is, but in that context, it does make sense, and there’s certainly a rhyme / reason.. it’s just that none of those conform to what those of us who believe in freedom and the rule of law would agree with.

      • American Human says:

        Understood Scott. But I think we could agree on the no “…decency or honesty” part.

        • Scott says:

          Ohh, 100%, that’s why i left that part of my comment. My reply wasn’t intended as a disagreement with the premise, just that the left is more devious and evil than you pointed out. Kinda along the lines of “never underestimate your enemy”…

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