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Supreme Court Scraps Biden’s Eviction Protection for Tenants

  • Three liberals dissent as court says CDC exceeded authority
  • Decision ends protections for millions who are behind on rent
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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A divided U.S. Supreme Court lifted the Biden administration’s moratorium on evictions, ending protections for millions of people who have fallen behind on their rent during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Saying landlords were suffering “irreparable harm,” the conservative-controlled court ruled late Thursday that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacked authority to impose the moratorium under the decades-old federal law the agency was invoking. The decision comes amid a spike of Covid cases around the country.