By Alexandra Mulé
On August 26, 2021, the Supreme Court rejected the current administration’s attempt to extend the moratorium on evictions. However, there is talk that New York State lawmakers will enact legislation to circumvent the decision by SCOTUS. Earlier in the month, SCOTUS also struck down a portion of New York’s law that permitted tenants to attest to COVID related income loss in a hardship application. Landlords take the position that they are unfairly burdened to collect revenue and maintain building upkeep. Tenants who were behind on rent had until August 31st to file this hardship.
It is evident the past two years have been tough on most Americans when it comes to employment and maintaining their standard of living. The moratorium sought to help tenants who were struggling, however it seems that it may have just created more strife in the process. Thousands of tenants will now face eviction as a result of the moratorium ending, and landlords are struggling to keep their buildings maintained as well as pay their property taxes. One can only wonder did the moratorium create more harm than good?