The order will “trick landlords” into believing they are protected when they are not, “National Low-income Housing Coalition President Diane Yentel said in a statement.
“This executive order is reckless and damaging, offering false hope and risking growing confusion and chaos at a time when landlords need reassurance that they will not be evicted from their homes during a pandemic,” she added.
The four-month CARES Act moratorium ended on July 25, and most states are allowing their temporary protection. At the same time, the federal increase in unemployment benefits – a $ 600-a-week increase that has helped struggling tenants pay at least some of their rent ̵1; has also expired.
The expiration of these benefits means somewhere between 19 million and 23 million people – about one in five tenants in the US – will be at risk of eviction by the end of next month, according to an analysis by the Aspen Institute. Talks on renewing the two measures as part of the next aid package were halted late last week.
Trump, when asked at his press conference on Tuesday about the prospect of mass evictions, said: “We are not allowing this to happen.”
“We are stopping the evictions,” he added, referring to the executive order.
Water, speaking with housing lawyers Monday, called for “the urgent approval of a legal extension of the eviction moratorium and the creation of an emergency rent assistance fund.”
The House has passed two bills that will provide $ 100 billion to help tenants pay their rent, but the Senate has not moved on any legislation.
Saturday’s order hints at rental assistance without specifying an amount or from where the Treasury and HUD should withdraw the money.
HUD twice refused to provide details on what the agency plans to do differently as a result of the order. Treasury said there was no comment.
“We are in close contact with the White House and other federal agencies on the Executive Order and its implementation,” HUD spokesman Brad Bishop said Tuesday. “We will provide additional information as these discussions continue.”
The White House, meanwhile, is insisting the new order will stop people from losing their homes.
“There will be no evictions,” economic adviser Larry Kudlow said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
When CNN anchor pressured him if the order actually stopped evictions as some struggling tenants might believe, Kudlow said he would provide a “mechanism” to do so.
“We are creating a process, a mechanism, okay? I can not predict the future together,” he said.