The crippling economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic could force a wave of evictions in the United States as a federal ban and patchwork of state moratoriums expire quickly, fair-living lawyers and legal experts warned.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security [CARES] Act, which Congress passed in March, provided for a temporary eviction moratorium, which applies to a fraction of the country's tenants and some homeowners – those who live in state-subsidized homes or Federally supported mortgages live in apartments with living space. It expires NBC News will report within the next month.
This has prompted courts and local governments in many places to patchwork guidelines and evolving eviction guidelines, leading to greater uncertainty and confusion amid the coronavirus pandemic.
At the height of the pandemic, 42 states and the District of Columbia had nationwide eviction moratoriums for millions of tenants, but just over a dozen states currently have eviction protection, said Emily Benfer, a law professor at Wake Forest University.
"Now, less than half of the country is affected by a non-federal eviction moratorium," she said. "And since unemployment insurance will expire at the end of July along with most of the remaining eviction moratoriums, we can expect a severe eviction crisis in the United States."
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