"Targeted" in this case means 90% of all Americans are in the areas covered by the eviction ban.
As President Biden hinted at during his Tuesday afternoon news conference, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a new eviction moratorium aimed at protecting tenants in counties with "substantial and high levels of community transmission" of COVID-19. Over 90% of the U.S. population lives in the affected areas, sources told The Associated Press.
That is quite the target. How exactly does the CDC, a disease prevention department of the Federal government, have the authority to just arbitrarily interfere with the rental agreements of millions of tenants and landlords? Simple, if people are evicted for not paying their rent, they might "congregate" which would increase the spread of the virus....
"The emergence of the delta variant has led to a rapid acceleration of community transmission in the United States, putting more Americans at increased risk, especially if they are unvaccinated," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. "This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads. It is imperative that public health authorities act quickly to mitigate such an increase of evictions, which could increase the likelihood of new spikes in SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Such mass evictions and the attendant public health consequences would be very difficult to reverse."
Only a member of a particular tribe could come up with something like that.
Many landlords carry a mortgage or loan on the property they rent. They are also required to keep paying property taxes and providing maintenance. Those expenses don't stop just because people stopped paying their rent. Sure, some landlords own lots of properties and have a huge income but lots of them are also people who bought a rental property to supplement their income or have a family home they don't want to sell that they rent out.
With most areas experiencing an enormous shortage of workers, rapidly rising wages and lots of free government money, they are few cases where people just can't afford to pay their rent. This eviction moratorium is just providing legal cover for people who don't feel like paying their rent and it has the hallmarks of becoming a permanent entitlement, which will drive landlords to sell out in desperation to large groups like BlackRock. Then watch the moratorium magically expire....