Not Today, Landlords

It’s a fixer-upper with potential.

The Center for Disease Control has good news for us: they’ve extended the eviction ban through the end of June:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

¡GASP! It’s like they’ve read the science that they produced! What kind of sorcery is this?! Anyway, here’s more proof that voting matters: Imagine if the 4th Reich was still in charge… and their donors were demanding that the deadbeats are thrown out in the streets during the Trump-Virus pandemic.

The eviction ban was scheduled to expire in two days, and advocates warned of a spike in evictions without an extension.

Around 20% of adult renters said they didn’t pay last month’s rent, according to a survey published in March by the Census Bureau. Closer to 33% of Black renters reported the same.

We’ve got a full-blown housing crisis on our hands, and these are only the first wave people. If the unemployment numbers are still at record highs, the evictions could ripple everywhere. Behind on your mortgage? You’re next.

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10 Responses to Not Today, Landlords

  1. Jimmy T says:

    Republicans=greed, Democrats=common sense.

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    • Republicans=greed

      Those were the ‘before times’ Republicans.

      Today’s Republicans = sadism, greed is just a secondary benefit. The goal is to cause pain, to demonstrate their authority. (but mainly because hurting people gets their rocks off.) They do it because they can.

      They will (and have!) pursue policies that actually cost more in order to inflict pain on “the people they should be hurting”. Witness the endless parade of ‘work’ requirements and ‘drug test’ requirements for medicaid access. Just administering these programs would cost less than allowing the small fraction of ‘unworthys’ to get [checks notes] healthcare.

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      • ugh “cost MORE

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      • ali redford says:

        You’re correct, it does cost more. My state’s been doing all that for a while. No worries, though; they cut other social services, so now we have children in need of care sleeping in agencies offices. See how that works out… and the Republicans do behave precisely as if that’s a feature and not a bug. Because that’s what sort of people they are.

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      • Jimmy T says:

        Agreed, but not just because they but because they think they should. It transcends political dogma and has become an article of their religious fervor, only rich people and wealthy corporate interests excluded…

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  2. MDavis says:

    This one is tougher than it sounds. There will be scoundrels on both sides of the issue – may they mostly find each other instead of inflicting themselves on others.
    Not all landlords are Kushner or Trump types. Not all renters are innocent babes.
    That said, I hope help is also provided for landlords who just have a few properties they rent to feed their families, help that is more difficult to obtain for big time real estate jerks, the ones who can coerce banks into giving them a break that they then don’t pass on to their tenants, or this will work out to another nasty blow for middle class types.
    With that said, good on the feds for pushing this out for those who need it.

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  3. beckymaenot says:

    Ah- but here is Georgduh- we have judges ignoring the CDC moratorium. These are the kinds of assholes that make life harder for everyone.

    https://www.wabe.org/georgia-judges-still-grant-evictions-despite-moratorium/

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    • MDavis says:

      Oh, FFS! It’s an emergency order and this judge says there oughta be a law – instead? I hope he is permanently banned from receiving any emergency relief – FEMA, tax abeyance due to disaster, anything. After all, those FEMA things are emergency orders, written according to existing laws, just like this effin’ order! (allegedly)

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      • This is part and parcel of the reactionary Federalist Society’s push to enforce nondelegation on Congress and the US judicial system.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nondelegation_doctrine

        Under this the Constitution doesn’t allow Congress to set a generalized goal for an agency, and allow that agency to devise the rules and regulations necessary to achieve the goal set out by Congress.

        Now, Congress itself must specify every bit of authority granted to an agency explicitly; to the law establishing FEMA would have to have a clause like: ‘Agency may suspend evictions pursuant to an emergency order related to a pandemic’.

        If they get this to SCOTUS and the reactionary fascists on the bench pass it, this demolishes pretty much the entire Adminstrative branch of the government; since the Administration can only do what is laid out in the Constitution or what Congress has specified EXPLICITLY and EXACTLY.

        This would require, for example amending the Pure Food and Drug act every time something is found to be a carcinogen or a new drug is released.

        Then the reactionary fascists in Congress could just block it all, and we’re living in their libertarian paradise hellhole. (You know, the kind of people who respond to natural disaster in their state by holing up with their metal penises AR-15’s to fend off the rampaging dusky hordes…)

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