Baton Rouge landlord speaks out against CDC’s new federal eviction moratorium

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – For over a decade Anna Joseph, a single mother of two, has been supporting her family with her rental properties. She says struggling is an understatement, and the eviction moratorium prevents her from making money.

The eviction moratorium was scheduled to expire last Saturday, but in response to the fast-spreading Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new order that stops evictions until October.

CDC is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission in order to respond to recent, unexpected developments in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant. It is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions.CDC

For small landlords like Joseph, who has already sold one property to stay afloat after one tenant allegedly stopped paying rent, the extended moratorium is difficult.

“She’s [the tenant] not only taking from me and my children; she is taking from all of the other families that are my tenants,” Joseph said.

Amanda Golob, Managing Attorney at Housing Law Unit, advocates for tenants’ rights. She said extending the eviction monitorial was a matter of life and death.

“I have tenants that have been evicted that are sleeping in their cars, in the house that is a two-bedroom that you know there are eight people in there,” Golob said. “These are high COVID risks.”

National federal aid has been slow going out to renters. Golob says the extension gives government agencies more time to deliver rental assistance.

“I think this is a good thing, not just for the tenants, I think it is good for the landlords,” Golob said. “They are working around the clock to get that money out and they just need a little more time to do that.”

Joseph said eviction is the last option, but she needs help too.

“I have some sort of morals and values and I don’t want to put anybody out onto the street,” said Joseph.

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