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Supreme Court strikes down one part of New York's eviction moratorium

Aug 13, 2021 6:33 am

John Kruzel reports at The Hill that the conservative judges that make up the majority of the Supreme Court struck down one part of New York's eviction moratorium on Aug. 12. The court ruled against the part of the moratorium that stopped landlords from challenging a tenant’s self-certified claim of financial hardship, which automatically paused eviction proceedings. The eviction moratorium was put in place because of the economic hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “This scheme violates the Court’s longstanding teaching that ordinarily ‘no man can be a judge in his own case’ consistent with the Due Process Clause,” the justices wrote in their decision. The court did not strike down a tenant’s ability to mount a so-called hardship defense in an eviction court proceeding. New York's Governor-in-waiting Kathy Hochul responded to the ruling on Twitter, writing, "As NY's next Governor, I look forward to working with the Legislature to quickly address the Supreme Court's decision and strengthen the eviction moratorium legislation. I will work with our partners in the Legislature to help get the funding available to those in need as soon as possible." Read more about this story at The Hill.