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A senator is asking why a corporate landlord has filed to evict renters in predominantly Black counties at four times the rate as renters in predominantly white counties.
A federal judge has ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority by issuing a nationwide moratorium on evictions. The fate of millions of renters rests on appeal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending an order preventing evictions. It was set to expire this week, which could have displaced staggering numbers of people from their homes.
Some landlords are evicting tenants despite an order from the CDC aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 by preventing evictions. That has led to calls to strengthen protections.
On his first day in office, the president plans to sign an executive order extending the CDC’s moratorium on evictions. Housing advocates say the CDC rule needs to be strengthened.
If Congress doesn’t compromise and pass another relief bill, a new study finds a staggering number of Americans will lose a critical financial lifeline as the pandemic worsens.
Federal unemployment money has been cut off for nearly two months. Congress hasn’t worked out a deal to send more help, and the fight over a Supreme Court nominee could make that harder.
The move could prevent millions of evictions that housing advocates warn are looming as people who have lost work run out of money. Landlord groups want to know who will pay for the lost rent.
Despite high unemployment, a severe recession and economic uncertainty, the housing market is on a tear. Sales are booming, and prices hit a record high. Low rates and remote work are driving factors.
A historic drop in rates has millions of homeowners refinancing to save money. It’s helping home sales, but it’s not helping the broader economy as much as it would in a normal recession.
About 3 million more guns than usual have been sold since the pandemic started. And nearly half of all the sales appear to be to those buying guns for the first time.
In places ranging from chicken processing plants to hair salons, workers say employers aren’t doing enough to protect them from getting sick. Advocates blame a lack of mandatory federal safety rules.
Hardship programs appear to be helping many people pause payments and survive the economic shutdown so far. But not everybody is getting the help, and advocates see big potential trouble ahead.
Homeowners say that to catch up on payments, lenders demand big balloon payments they can’t afford. Advocates want Congress to mandate that missed payments simply be added to the end of the loan term.
The government ordered lenders to let homeowners skip payments if they lost income due to the coronavirus. But landlords can require renters to pay even if they’ve lost their job. And many are.
A nonprofit student loan group alleges that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has abandoned its duty to police widespread mismanagement of a loan forgiveness program for public service workers.
Former Rep. Mick Mulvaney accepted campaign money from payday lenders. Now he’s in control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the agency has delayed implementing payday lending rules.