House Efforts to Extend Eviction Moratorium Fail

Posted By: Michael Fazio, CAS News,

Dear NAA Member,

Following up on yesterday’s email regarding potential Congressional activity to extend the eviction moratorium past July 31, 2021, we are pleased to say that this effort, spearheaded by House leadership, has failed. Speaker Pelosi could not garner enough votes to pass an extension and the House has adjourned for a recess and is not scheduled to return until mid-September. The phone calls so many of you put into your representatives’ offices no doubt helped immensely in this effort. Thank you for your time and effort in helping secure this momentary victory.

Though the immediate threat of a moratorium extension is temporarily averted, this issue is by no means over. The Senate is in session for another week and the majority may attempt to pass an extension at some point. We will be closely monitoring the situation. We also fully expect this issue to return to the forefront when the House returns in September. Our advocacy with Capitol Hill offices will continue over the recess as we stress that eviction moratoriums do more harm than good to both residents and our owners and operators and reiterate that policymakers should instead focus on improving the delivery of rental assistance. Should any new developments occur, we will keep you apprised. 

In the meantime, be sure to review our legal action against the federal government, seeking roughly $26 billion in damages for rental housing providers caused by the CDC’s unlawful order. Your support is encouraged.

Stay safe and well,
Robert Pinnegar, CAE
President and CEO
National Apartment Association