The U.S. Justice Department said on Saturday it will appeal a judge’s ruling that the nationwide eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic is unlawful.

The measure authorized by Congress and issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers most residential evictions in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. A federal judge in Texas ruled on Thursday that Congress did not have the power to authorize the moratorium under the U.S. Constitution.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton said in a statement in addition to the health benefits, the moratorium “protects many renters who cannot make their monthly payments due to job loss or health care expenses.”

Siding with a group of landlords and property owners challenging the evictions freeze, U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker ruled Congress exceeded its authority under two provisions of the Constitution.

Boynton noted that the judge’s ruling only applies to the plaintiffs who sued in that particular case meaning that the moratorium remains in effect everywhere else.

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  1. So the people that can’t pay the rent are saying they don’t want to be evicted? They want the landlords to forgive the rent. If they are not collecting rent how are they going to pay the loan? How will they pay the taxes or the insurance on the property? Will they have the money to make repairs? What are the renters doing to help the landlords? There are always two sides to every story. Why are we only hearing about the one side.

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