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10K Evictions Begun in Five States Since September

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By    |   Monday, 26 October 2020 05:28 PM

Nearly 10,000 eviction notices have been filed in 23 counties in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas in the past six weeks since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a moratorium against landlords removing tenants amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, a non-profit liberal political lobbying group said.

The number was devised as part of a database compiled by the Private Equity Stakeholder Project, referred to as a political pressure group by the Financial Times that advocates against private equity firms, NBC News reported Monday.

The eviction notices come following an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in August that gave the CDC the authority to issue a moratorium for those affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak – such as job loss, which it did Sept. 4.

The CDC's order required an individual to prove they had made attempts to gain government assistance, made less than $99,000 a year, were unable to make rent due to a "substantial loss of income," were making efforts to pay as much as they can on time and that eviction would leave them homeless or in a close-quarter shared living space, TheHill.com reported.

The justification was the director of the CDC had broad authority to take actions deemed reasonably necessary to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.

Federal, state, and local governments have imposed eviction moratoriums since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the flu-like respiratory illness COVID-19, but many of them have expired.

The think tank the Aspen Institute has claimed more than 20 million renters live in households that have suffered COVID-19-related job loss and concluded that millions more were at risk of eviction in the next several months.

The Private Equity Stakeholder Project claimed, during the week of Oct. 12, almost 2,000 eviction proceedings were initiated in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas, almost twice the number from the previous week. It started its database when the novel coronavirus outbreak began. However, NBC reported it did not know how many of the evictions were related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Nearly 10,000 eviction notices have been filed in 23 counties in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas in the past six weeks since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a moratorium against landlords removing tenants amid the outbreak.
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