The Department of Justice has defended the recent order of President Jose Biden for eviction moratorium citing the “deteriorating public health situation” related to the Delta variant as the top reason for the move.
The DOJ lawyers in a brief filed before District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich on Friday said the eviction moratorium is badly needed in order to protect public health.
The lawyers added that the new moratorium — designed to bar landlords from evicting certain tenants amidst the pandemic — is a “more targeted” moratorium than a previous version that expired on July 31.
According to reports, Biden’s eviction moratorium applies to areas of the country with the high or substantial transmission of Covid-19 and is set to last until October 3.
It still covers 80% of US counties and 90% of the US population.
In view of Biden’s eviction moratorium, it was learned that the landlords went back to the district court.
The landlords argued that in “substance and effect” the new moratorium amounted to an extension of the “same unlawful ban on evictions that has been in effect since September 2020.”
The lawyers of the landlords alleged that the CDC acted in “bad faith” to relieve political pressure on the White House and used litigation delays to buy more time to keep the “unlawful order in place.”