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    Michigan courts prepare for influx of eviction cases, urge renters to seek aid

    Judges, attorneys and activists in Metro Detroit are gearing up for a deluge of eviction proceedings following a Thursday night ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that lifted a temporary ban. 

    The decision by the majority conservative court essentially ends federal protections for roughly 3.5 million renters in the United States who feared they would face eviction in the next two months, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this month.

    William McConico, chief judge of Detroit’s 36th District Court, said Friday that the district court is lifting its moratorium on evictions in keeping with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

    “The court remains committed to following the law on this issue and it will not institute its own eviction moratorium. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, evictions for termination of tenancy, commercial evictions, and emergency evictions have continued to proceed,” he noted. “The only evictions that were halted were evictions for non-payment of rent where a tenant produced a CDC declaration. But given the Supreme Court’s ruling, the CDC declaration is no longer valid and evictions for nonpayment of rent will resume immediately.”

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the moratorium in September. In May, a federal judge struck it down, ruling the CDC did not have the authority to issue an eviction ban.

    In June, the Supreme Court upheld the moratorium through July 31. It lapsed, but the CDC issued a new moratorium days later amid pressure from lawmakers and others to help renters. The moratorium had been scheduled to expire Oct. 3.

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