Tag Archives: housing

NY Gov Signs Bill To Convert Hotels Into Apartments

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Hochul signed a bill Tuesday that paves the way for underutilized hotels in the city to be converted into apartments, giving a boost to Mayor Adams who has characterized the legislation as a critical tool for tackling New York’s housing crisis. The bill — which Adams pushed state lawmakers to pass for weeks …

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KS Town Leaders Ban “Adult Co-Living” Arrangements

The Kansas City Star reports: On Monday, a Johnson County city unanimously voted to ban a living arrangement aimed at helping tenants decrease the amount of rent they pay. The Shawnee City Council voted 8-0 to ban co-living, which has gained popularity in recent years as rent and home prices have soared. The new ordinance defines a co-living group as …

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NY Extends Evictions Moratorium Through Jan 2022

Gothamist reports: New York state’s lawmakers voted, once again, to extend a residential and commercial eviction moratorium until January 15th, 2022, with changes to account for two Supreme Court decisions that blocked the state’s program and the larger federal moratorium. Governor Kathy Hochul, who convened a special session of the state legislature Wednesday to vote on the extension, is expected …

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NY Gov Unveils Deal To Extend Evictions Moratorium

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Hochul announced late Tuesday that she’s summoning legislators for a rare special session to extend New York’s expiring eviction moratorium and allocate more financial relief for renters in a bid to stave off an avalanche of evictions at a time when the coronavirus is resurging in the state. The special session, set for …

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New York To Consider Extending Evictions Moratorium

Gothamist reports: New York State lawmakers are expected to reconvene in-person in Albany for a rare special session Wednesday to extend the eviction moratorium through next January, while Governor Kathy Hochul attempts to speed up payment of more than $2 billion in federal rent relief funds to tenants in need. There are other pressing but thorny issues Hochul had said …

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Supreme Court Lifts CDC’s Moratorium On Evictions

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s action late Thursday ends protections for roughly 3.5 million people in the United States who said they faced eviction in the …

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Appeals Court Rejects Bid To Lift Evictions Moratorium

Reuters reports: A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a bid by groups representing landlords to halt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium. In a written order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said it would allow the residential eviction ban to remain in place while litigation over its legality unfolds. …

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Another “Unsafe” Miami Condo Building Evacuated

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A condominium in Miami is being evacuated Monday after officials deemed it an unsafe structure. An evacuation noticed was posted at the entrance of the building at 5050 NW 7th Street. Hundreds of residents from 137 units had only hours to leave, according to a city official. “We have a lot of elderly owners here …

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Landlords Sue To Block CDC’s Eviction Moratorium

The Washington Post reports: Only one day after the Biden administration issued a new policy protecting renters from eviction, a series of real estate and landlord groups is trying to invalidate it — setting up another legal showdown over a moratorium that Democrats say is essential to keeping Americans in their homes. The petition arrived Wednesday from groups including the …

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CDC Order Extends Ban On Evictions Until October 3rd

Via press release from the CDC: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky today signed an order determining the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This order will expire on October 3, 2021 and applies in United States …

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White House To Announce Limits On Housing Evictions

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration is expected to announce a new action to limit housing evictions, moving swiftly after intense pressure from liberal House Democrats, according to three people aware of the matter. The exact details of the measure were not clear, the people said. The congressional pressure campaign intensified in recent days after a national eviction moratorium …

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Trump Judge Overturns National Evictions Moratorium

Newsweek reports: A federal judge has vacated a nationwide eviction moratorium put in place by the CDC to aid millions of renters who are struggling financially amid the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, ruled Wednesday that the CDC overstepped its authority by extending the moratorium. The temporary hold on evictions …

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New IA Law Lets Landlords Refuse Section 8 Vouchers

The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law ensuring landlords can turn away renters who receive assistance through the federal housing choice voucher program. The new law will remove cities’ and counties’ ability to prevent landlords from taking such action. Reynolds’ signature, which her office announced Friday without comment, comes after new U.S. Secretary of …

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Lawmakers Seek To Extend NY Eviction Moratorium

Gothamist reports: Nearly one week before the state’s eviction moratorium is set to expire, two state lawmakers have introduced a bill to extend the deadline to August 31st, aiming to provide further relief to New Yorkers who continue struggling to pay rent. “This will keep people from being thrown out onto the streets,” Assemblymember Jeff Dinowitz, a sponsor of the …

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HUD To Reinstate Fair Housing Rules Gutted By Trump

The Washington Post reports: Housing Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on Tuesday moved to reinstate fair housing regulations that had been gutted under President Donald Trump, in one of the most tangible steps that the Biden administration has taken to address systemic racism. The effort comes less than three months after Biden signed executive orders aimed at increasing racial equity across …

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CDC Extends National Eviction Ban Through June 30th

CNBC reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the national ban on evictions through the end of June. “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — …

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Marcia Fudge Confirmed As HUD Sec In 66-34 Vote

Spectrum News reports: The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the first Black woman to lead the department in decades. The final vote was 66-34. Notable GOP support included Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who announced this week he is not seeking reelection, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, …

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Trump Judge Rules Against Moratorium On Evictions

CNN reports: A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal moratorium on evictions is unconstitutional, according to court documents. US District Judge John Barker, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump to the court in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction, but said he expected the US Centers for Disease Control …

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Biden Extends Foreclosure Moratorium Until June 30th

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On his first day in office, Biden had extended the moratorium from Jan. 31. Census Bureau figures show that …

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HUD To Move Against LGBTQ Housing Discrimination

The Hill reports: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that it will use the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender. The federal agency announced in a memorandum that it will invoke the sweeping 1968 housing law to penalize those who refuse to rent, sell or advertise housing to …

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