President Joe Biden confirmed earlier this month that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would be extending its moratorium on residential evictions despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that determined it could only be renewed through an act of Congress.
While struggling renters welcomed the news, landlords across the nation say the policy is crushing them financially.
“We continue to come up short”
Among those critics is Suzanne Antolini, who revealed this week that her tenant in Long Island, New York has refused to pay rent since March 2020 despite being “gainfully employed.”
“He continues to stay in our home not paying rent and doesn’t seem to have any plans to leave due to the moratorium that is currently in place,” she said in an interview with Fox News Channel host Dana Perino.
Antolini affirmed that she has “exhausted all avenues” in an effort to receive rent payments but that the tenant simply refuses.
“There are no programs to help the landlords,” she complained, according to Fox. “We continue to come up short while he continues to live in our home. And now recently we found out that he’s actually moved two additional people into our home.”
Furthermore, she said that the Emergency Rental Assistance Program set up to help struggling renters provides no relief for those in her position since only renters can apply.
“Clear and specific”
If her tenant were to apply, Antolini said it would “basically be admitting to fraud,” meaning she is effectively “stuck” with a non-paying renter living in the home she owns.
Antolini estimates that the entire ordeal has already cost her more than $50,000 — and she is not alone. Another landlord told Fox Business Network that the eviction moratorium has pushed him to the edge of bankruptcy.
Describing his situation, Jeff Touti said: “We are completely hopeless.”
Making matters worse, Biden seemingly acknowledged that the moratorium extension is likely to be overturned, noting that the “bulk of the scholars say it is not likely to pass constitutional muster.”
In June, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh weighed in on the debate, writing: “In my view, clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium past July 31.”