March 19, 2021

Eviction Filings Increase in Travis County as Moratorium Expires at the End of the Month

NBC Austin (KXAN)

Please see second video clip for Mr. Gordon's interview.

Litigation Partner Steve Gordon was interviewed by NBC Austin (KXAN) about the increase in eviction filings in Travis County as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium expiration date approaches. Some landlord associations are suing the federal government over the CDC's moratorium. Four of those cases have been decided, with two judges siding with the CDC and two, including one judge in Texas, deciding to strike down the moratorium.

Mr. Gordon said these cases raise two main questions: "The real issue here is whether the federal government can [issue a nationwide eviction moratorium] and if it can, whether Congress has actually authorized CDC to do so."

He added that the U.S. Department of Justice is appealing the two cases in which judges struck down the CDC's eviction ban. Until that final ruling, the moratorium stands.

"I think that current tenants don't need to be worried about the immediate impact of this decision, because that won't be felt anytime soon. The more important questions here are the long-term questions," Mr. Gordon explained

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