On May 5, 2021, DC District Court Judge Friedrich ruled that the CDC’s moratorium on evictions impermissibly exceeded their Federal authority. The same day, the Department of Justice appealed that Order, and on May 14, 2021, Judge Friedrich stayed his Order pending review.
Irrespective of this Order, if you are a landlord (or a tenant) your expectations should be that the CDC’s eviction moratorium will sunset as of June 30, 2021. It is presently unclear as to whether or not this administration will seek to extend the moratorium, however at this time, nothing is certain.
It is estimated that millions of Americans have used pandemic relief protocols (including this moratorium) to avoid eviction.
As it concerns mortgage forbearance, it is estimated that 2.23 million Americans are in some sort of mortgage forbearance program. Many of those forbearance programs look to end this year. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a set of rule changes aimed at helping prevent avoidable foreclosures as federal foreclosure protections expire in the coming months. The number of Americans on a forbearance program has started decreasing as the economy has picked up which is a hopeful sign, however what will happen in the future is still unknown.
If you have questions about the CDC’s moratorium or Mortgage Forbearance programs, feel free to contact us at any time.