chris_gerrib (chris_gerrib) wrote,

  • Mood:

Eviction Ban Banned

Comes news today that a Federal judge overturned the CDC's national ban on evictions. Now, I think a ban on evictions during a pandemic in which we order people to stay at home is a good idea. However, I think the decision was (sadly) inevitable and probably right.

First, landlords, be they giant corporations or Small-time Joe / Jane, have bills, most notably the mortgage on the property. No rent and no way to get somebody in to pay rent unfairly puts the landlord in a financial bind. Second, I'm not at all clear where the CDC gets to impose a ban for now a year and change. A short-term, 30 or 60 day ban? Maybe.

What really should have happened was that Congress bestir itself and pass legislation that protected both tenants and landlords. A simple, logical and relatively low-cost way to do this would have been to pass legislation deferring evictions and foreclosures for a period of time. The mortgage notes would have been extended by the number of months of the emergency, with the payments tacked on at the end.

Alas, anything that requires a Republican-controlled Congress to bestir itself has a snowball's chance in hell of happening. So now we get the worst of both worlds - bankrupt landlords evicting people in the tail end of a pandemic.

This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.

  • Taking A Slogan to 11; or Enter the Strawman

    One of the many irritations of Arguments on the Internet is the tendency to take a slogan to 11, then argue that. (More formally, a strawman…

  • Going to the Movies

    This past weekend, I decided to go out to a movie. It's something I haven't done since March 2020, for obvious reasons. I went to see Those Who Wish…

  • Beer for COVID-19 shots

    I know and work with somebody who is very good at their job. They seem to have some problems with general non-job-related tasks. For example, they…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.