An Air Force veteran has been left couch-surfing and living in her car with her daughter after tenants refuse to pay rent under the protection of the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium.
Brandie LaCasse told reporters that she is owed over $23,000 in unpaid rent, however, she can not force her tenants to pay or move. “I don’t understand how they can give my private property to somebody to live for free. I bought that property. I fixed it up with my blood, sweat, and tears. I invested in these properties, never thinking I wouldn’t have a place to live. I just want my house. That’s it. I just want my house,” said LaCasse.
For months, the pause on evictions was extended under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial hardships, thereby allowing tenants to put off their rent. In June, the Biden administration extended the federal eviction moratorium until July 31st, 2021. The decision was executed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a move that later came into question.
In a statement, the CDC wrote, “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health. Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
By August, the CDC issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until Oct. 3. However, this decision was blocked by the Supreme Court earlier this week, as it was determined that the order exceeded the CDC’s authority. “The moratorium has put…millions of landlords across the country, at risk of irreparable harm by depriving them of rent payments with no guarantee of eventual recovery,” the court said.
“Many landlords have modest means. And preventing them from evicting tenants who breach their leases intrudes on one of the most fundamental elements of property ownership—the right to exclude.” After implementation, LaCasse’s tenants will be required to pay rent in a timely manner, and face eviction if they fail to.