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Landlords Challenge U.S. Eviction Ban and Continue to Oust Renters

A lawsuit backed by the National Apartment Association and other challenges aim to undo the national eviction moratorium ordered by the CDC.

Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez signs an eviction order in Phoenix, Arizona, in October. Thousands of court-ordered evictions continue nationwide despite a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium for renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. That moratorium is also facing new legal challenges. 

Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez signs an eviction order in Phoenix, Arizona, in October. Thousands of court-ordered evictions continue nationwide despite a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium for renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. That moratorium is also facing new legal challenges. 

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images 

In September, the Trump administration announced a national moratorium on evictions, via an order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus. The four-month temporary suspension applies to any tenant who can’t make rent due to economic conditions and who presents a written declaration about their circumstances to their landlord.

But the CDC ban now faces legal challenges on multiple fronts, even as landlords continue to routinely file evictions for nonpayment of rent — the very outcome that the order was designed to prevent.