The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Moratorium on Evictions

During the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has issued a moratorium on evictions during the crisis. This moratorium applied only to apartments with federally assisted loans and grants. The idea is good as a stopgap but has problems as a larger policy. First, how will the landlords pay their bills with rents suspended? Second, many of these tenants owed back rent before coronavirus which was not the immediate cause of their delinquency. Finally, this only suspends rent payments, it doesn’t eliminate them. What happens in the future when the moratorium is lifted? Written by Paul Dribin


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