Biden expects to increase the nationwide eviction ban till March 2021
(L-R) Doug Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden wave as they arrive on the Eastern Front of the U.S. Capitol for the inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington.
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President Joe Biden is expected to extend the federal eviction ban through March 2021 through an executive action in one of his first acts after his inauguration on Wednesday.
The eviction ban has helped millions of Americans fight amid the coronavirus pandemic. The eviction moratorium expired at the end of the month.
The move is one of a long list of actions Biden will take once he is sworn in as President of the United States, including an extended hiatus from paying student loans, resuming the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and withdrawing various contracts from the Trump administration set up.
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It is estimated that 14 million Americans are behind on their rent during the crisis. In addition to extending the eviction ban until March, Biden is expected to urge Congress to maintain the moratorium until September 2021.
Research has shown that evictions in one area lead to significantly more coronavirus cases and deaths.
"This is a time when it is no exaggeration to say that eviction can lead to death for many people," said Helen Matthews, communications manager at City Life Vita Urbana, a Boston nonprofit.
Proponents say extending the eviction ban is just a first step and that enforcement is also needed to ensure landlords comply with the law.
"The existing moratorium is flawed and some landlords are using loopholes to evict tenants despite the protection," said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in a statement. "No federal agency enforces the Order's penalties for illegal evictions."
In addition, there is an increasing demand for the ban to be coordinated with appropriate rent support so that an eviction crisis is prevented and not just delayed. So far, Congress has provided $ 25 billion in rental support, but after months of record job losses, rent arrears could be closer to $ 100 billion.
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