The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in October by a group of Texas landlords who claimed they were owed thousands of dollars in unpaid rent and that the moratorium violated their property rights. It is one of many lawsuits filed in federal courts seeking to overturn the eviction ban.
“No federal law requires that a landlord give possession of a dwelling in the first instance to a person who cannot pay rent,” the judge wrote.
Barker also noted that the federal government’s lawyers were unable to point to any other instance where federal officials had blocked evictions before, including during the Spanish Flu pandemic. “The federal government has not claimed such a power at any point during our Nation’s history until last year.”