Real-Estate Interests Ask Supreme Court to Block Biden’s Eviction Moratorium

Moves comes hours after lower court rejected group’s challenge to ban

WASHINGTON—A group of property managers and real-estate agents asked the Supreme Court to block the Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium Friday, filing papers hours after a federal appeals court rejected their challenge to the pandemic-relief policy.

The move followed a decision by a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which declined an emergency request by the real-estate interests to lift the moratorium that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed on Aug. 3. The appellate court’s order was brief and didn’t offer detailed legal reasoning.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki late Friday said the administration believes that the CDC’s new moratorium “is a proper use of its lawful authority to protect the public health.” In a statement, she said the White House is pleased the appellate court left in place a moratorium that is “keeping hard-pressed Americans in their homes.”

The same appeals court in June rejected a similar bid to block the previous federal ban on evictions. In that earlier order, the D.C. Circuit said the CDC likely acted legally to protect struggling renters during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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