Federal Judge Tosses National Eviction Moratorium


Eviction notice for an apartment in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2009. (File photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

A federal judge on Wednesday invalidated a national eviction moratorium after finding that the COVID-19 pandemic policy exceeded the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Dabey Friedrich threw out the measure, which was enacted by Congress last spring and extended by President Biden until June 30. It had been put in place under the Public Health Service Act of 1944, which grants the federal government the authority to impose quarantines and other measures to handle health emergencies.

“The question for the court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the C.D.C. the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium?” Friedrich wrote in a 20-page decision. “It does not.”

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