Evictions Are Coming, Is Shreveport-Bossier Prepared?
It has been a rough year for landlords all over America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially issued an eviction ban last September to prevent people with financial hardship from being evicted during the pandemic. Although at the time it seemed like a good idea it brought a lot of criticism and worry.
How does an eviction ban work?
If a renter is unable to pay their rent due to a hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the renter is temporarily protected from being evicted. There is a form that each resident living in the home must fill out present it to your landlord.
Does the eviction ban mean that renters don't have to pay?
In short, the rent is still due. The idea is that the landlord is keeping track of how much is owed. Once the moratorium finally comes to an end, it will be time to pay the back rent or pack up. How many people do you think have a year's worth of rent in savings? Scary right?
According to APNews.com "The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic."
Didn't we just see an extension of 7 weeks?
Kind of. The Supreme Court said late Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacked the authority to reimpose the eviction ban under federal law. The CDC didn't have explicit congressional authorization to extend the eviction ban. Although the Biden administration argued that the rise in COVID-19 cases made it dangerous to resume evictions, the Supreme Court had none of it and will allow evictions to resume.
Landlords' hands are no longer tied.
Many landlords have been struggling hoping to be able to collect rent or evict renters who don't have any plans of paying back rent. This changes everything. Will we see the homeless rate shoot up in Shreveport-Bossier? Only time will tell.