The US eviction moratorium ends on July 31. Here’s what you need to know

In September 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a ban on evictions, pointing to a law that grants the agency power to prevent the inter-state spread of communicable diseases. After four extensions, that ban expires on Saturday (July 31), spelling uncertainty for millions of renters across the US.

The eviction moratorium was put in place as an emergency public health measure: People who in many circumstances had suddenly lost their income would not be left without housing, or forced to crowd together in relatives’ homes or homeless shelters, where Covid-19 would be more likely to spread. More than a year later, almost half the US population is vaccinated, but a wave of new cases are emerging tied to the highly transmissible Delta variant. As a result, Democrats have been pushing US president Joe Biden to extend the eviction moratorium again.

Why is the moratorium ending now?

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