The restriction was imposed to help Americans stranded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A federal judge has lifted a national moratorium on evictions from rental housing imposed last year to help Americans unable to pay rent because of the coronavirus pandemic.
D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled that the federal government exceeded its authority by imposing the ban.
“The court recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic represents a serious public health crisis that has posed unprecedented challenges to public health agencies and the nation as a whole,” Friedrich wrote in the 20-page decision.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the authority to impose a nationwide moratorium under the Public Health Service Act, Friedrich noted.
The Justice Department filed a notice of appeal and said it “respectfully disagrees” with the decision.