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Federal Judge Rules Landlords Do Not Have to Provide Free Housing

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In yet another case, a judge has ruled against the CDC’s authority to issue eviction moratoriums.  A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority in issuing a nationwide eviction ban, according to a release. The ruling is a victory for a group of Ohio landlords and the National Association of Home Builders, who challenged the moratorium in October. The decision in Skyworks v. Centers for Disease Control  “allows evictions to resume, restoring the landlords’ rights to remove tenants who don’t honor their lease obligation to pay rent,” according to the release from the Pacific Legal Foundation. (PLF). “This is a victory for the rule of law,” said Steve Simpson, a senior attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation – which represented the landlords –  in the release.