While housing advocates lauded the move to aid cash-strapped renters, property owners said the CDC's order caused "financial hardship" and infringed on property rights.
The CDC's moratorium to extend the eviction ban will be effective starting April 1. According to the order, evicted renters looking for a new place to stay must move into shared housing or other settings – exposing themselves to other people. This subsequently "leads to multiple outcomes that increase the risk of COVID-19."
The document cited the American Housing Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, which said that 32 percent of renters would move in with friends or family members upon eviction. This would then "introduce new household members and potentially increase household crowding." Unfortunately, this also increases the risk of individuals in a household contracting COVID-19.