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Should there be a moratorium on evictions for the duration of the pandemic?

The United States is facing another crisis on top of all the other crises we currently face: millions of Americans may find themselves homeless when federal protection from evictions under the CARES Act expires at the end of July. The coronavirus pandemic has forced owners to close businesses and fire employees. Given that the median amount of savings Americans have on hand is roughly between $8,000 to $11,000, people simply don't have the means to pay rent and bills for an extended downturn, which seems increasingly likely as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to grow out of control in our country.

Many progressives and liberals are pushing for sweeping protections for renters in the United States—otherwise, we will enter unknown territory as people are displaced in the middle of a deadly disease outbreak. To address this, Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would place a moratorium on evictions nationwide. However, many landlords argue that they are small businesses—without rent, they would be unable to pay for upkeep, services, and contractors. Rent doesn't only go just to landlords, there's an entire ecosystem of businesses that would be affected if tenants skip out on paying rent entirely. 

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The argument for an eviction moratorium is simple: it is a collective societal failure if we allow the most vulnerable in our community to be kicked out of their homes in the middle of a pandemic. In no uncertain terms, people will die and the pandemic will be worsened, leading to even more unnecessary deaths and suffering. We don't need another crisis in the United States. 

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Landlords argue that they cannot afford to provide housing for an extended period of time for free. Without income, things like maintenance, services, taxes, and mortgages quickly add up. Here's how the Board of Directors of MassLandlords, an industry group of landlords, argued against an eviction moratorium and rent cancellation in a statement opposing a local law which would protect renters. 

“One size does not fit all,” is what we should remember. While a landlord with a greater number of tenants may be able to manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an extended moratorium, the situation of mom and pop landlords and our renters is not reflected in the blanket rent cancellation proposed in HD.5166.
“I have three apartments for rent. If this bill passes, I’m taking them off the market and leaving them empty. I can’t afford to provide free housing while still meeting my obligations as a landlord,” said Director Rich Merlino.
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Here's how another landlord made the argument against Arizona's rent moratorium.

The lawsuit argues:
  • The governor doesn't have authority under the Arizona Constitution to order courts or constables to delay an eviction, even in a public health emergency.
  • Forcing landlords to "sacrifice (their) property rights” for the public good, even if legal, would require the government to make “just compensation” to the landlord.
"The supposed reason for the order is we can't have these people rendered homeless during the health emergency because they will spread the disease or won't be able to stay at home during a stay-at-home order," Stanley said. But "if it's really something that is necessary for the public good, the public bears the cost of doing it ... To put all the burden on the landlord is not fair."
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Should there be a moratorium on evictions for the duration of the pandemic?
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#KeepPeopleInTheirHomes
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