The nationwide deportation ban, which was due to end two weeks ago, has been extended for two months by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This means that some landlords have been unable to collect rent from tenants for more than a year if they have lost income due to COVID-19.

The CDC said it was necessary to extend the ban until October 3 due to the increased transmission of COVID-19 from the Delta variant.

Homeowner groups, such as the National Apartment Association, have criticized the move as hurting small homeowners and unfair to rental companies.

Q: Should the federal deportation ban have been extended?

Bob Rauch, RA Rauch & Associates

NO: President Biden knows he overstepped his powers and the Supreme Court will likely rule against him soon and overturn the ban on deportation. The federal government should not be able to prevent a landlord from collecting rent or initiating eviction proceedings. Four in 10 apartments are owned by small business owners, many of whom cannot get any relief now. This has been going on for over a year. It is time to move on.

Austin Neudecker, Weave Growth

YES: I am not a fan of the moratoriums on evictions. It’s a bad situation for all parties. Much of the money earmarked for rent relief has not been distributed by the local jurisdictions responsible for the dispersal of funds. Certainly, the task is difficult because they are responsible for ensuring the validity of claims. Either way, Biden’s decision is likely to be overturned and will likely only provide temporary relief by delaying the process.

Alan Gin, University of San Diego

YES: Moratorium only applies to counties where transmission of COVID-19 is significant or high. In these counties, it can be difficult for people to return to the economy. Additionally, if people are evicted, they will likely have to move to denser living conditions, such as shelters or with someone else, which could lead to further spread of the coronavirus. The big problem is that the rent relief money that has already been approved is not coming out fast enough.

James Hamilton, UC San Diego

NO: This is a prime example of why well-intentioned emergency measures are difficult to unwind after an emergency has passed. A permanent ban on evictions is not a viable solution to any problem. The longer the treatment of this problem is postponed, the greater the mess to resolve. While it was a good idea economically and logistically, the United States Constitution does not give the President the legal authority to impose a national ban on evictions.

Chris Van Gorder, Health Scripps

NO: This is a difficult answer as I think it is for tenants who have been financially affected by COVID-19. But landlords are impacted by the fact that they receive no rent for almost a year. Part of the problem is that the government has done a bad job of disbursing tenant and landlord assistance funds: $ 5.2 billion in federal funds are available to Californians, $ 600 million in claims have been received , but only about 10% of those claims were paid. .

Norm Miller, University of San Diego

NO: There are certainly tenants who deserve rent assistance, but banning evictions is not the way to go, as it arbitrarily extorts funds from landlords, some of whom are small and live off rental income. Government regulations of any kind, to be even remotely equitable, require more granular, individualized, and non-general statements that ignore other aspects of property including property taxes, insurance, utilities, etc.

Jamie Moraga, IntelliSolutions

NO: Delaying the inevitable doesn’t help anyone. Tenants and landlords, especially small landlords, are suffering. Instead of setting a fixed date for everyone, the moratorium on evictions should be phased out and include repayment plans. Federal, state and local entities need to facilitate applications and expedite the distribution of payments to help ease the burden on small homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments.

David Ely, San Diego State University

NO: Extending the moratorium on CDC evictions will face legal challenges that have a high likelihood of success. Greater congressional involvement could have led to results that balanced the interests of tenants and landlords and reduced the exposure of any extended eviction to legal challenges. At this point, all levels of government should focus on improving their efficiency in delivering the $ 46 billion in rent assistance. To date, their records are disappointing.

Ray Major, SANDAG

NO: It is time for us to end the ban on deportation. What started out as a great idea to help tenants who lost their jobs during COVID-19 has now been going on for over a year. Government rent subsidies, stimulus checks, unemployment checks and other assistance programs made up for the temporary loss of income. At this point, most people could pay their rent if they wanted to. Today, homeowners are treated unfairly by excessive government policies.

Lynn Reaser, Point Loma Nazarene University

NO: In June, the Biden administration said that extending the ban until the end of July would be the last and that July would see “everyone on the bridge” to distribute unspent federal funds. The new extension, until October 3, undermines credibility. More importantly, this means that many owners have gone more than a year without payment. With job openings exceeding unemployment, people can find work. Tenants should establish payment plans with apartment owners rather than continuing to live rent-free.

Reginald Jones, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

YES: The ban on expulsion is justified. But not yet. The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ position to protect millions of families was reasonable. The federal government has done its part. The US bailout has allocated $ 47 billion in aid to COVID-19 tenants. Governments would have used about $ 3 billion. States and local municipalities must act urgently to distribute the funds. It is high time to end the mental anguish caused to families and the financial burden on homeowners.

Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research

NO: In addition to the gutting of private property rights, the ban on evictions without compensation of landlords bankrupted many middle-class and working-class landlords dependent on rental income. Receiving no rent for a year, they are still liable for taxes, maintenance and mortgage payments. The contempt displayed for the rule of law, as well as for the real owners, half of whom are small owners of a second house or apartment they rent, amplifies the injustice every day the moratorium is extended. .

Gary London, London Moeder Advisors

NO: I don’t like this eviction ban, although I am sympathetic to the tenants affected. But landlords are in the housing business for a living, not to hand out charity. However, my biggest concern is that the extension applies to counties with high levels of COVID-19 transmission. Why are these politicians and their stupid voters being rewarded for their bad behavior? Instead, they should be penalized for perpetuating high transmission rates, which undoubtedly negatively impacts all sectors of their local economies.

Phil Blair, Workforce

NO: It’s kind of like hard love. But a lot of time and additional financial payments continue to be made to allow Americans to get back on their feet and start paying their rent or mortgage. The job market has never been better. It is clearly a dream market for employees. After all these months, I think now is the time to start cutting back on the plethora of great perks.

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