In an unprecedented move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a national residential eviction moratorium last week, which it said is aimed at providing housing stability to vulnerable renters during a public health crisis.
City of Houston officials and tenant advocates were already debating the creation of a local eviction grace period ordinance. For now, the new eviction moratorium has interrupted that debate.
Houston City Hall in Downtown Houston.
News of the CDC eviction order emerged late in the day on Sept. 1, catching Houston landlords and tenant advocates mostly by surprise. Under federal public health law, the agency has the power to introduce measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the event of inadequate local control.
The eviction order came into effect on Sept. 4, the date of its publication in the Federal Register. It will remain in effect, unless extended or modified, through Dec.