The court ruled that the CDC's "Eviction Moratorium" was unlawful and vacated it nationally.
There have been other challenged to this, which led to only single relief -- that is, the one tenant in question wound up getting the "pay up or get out" notice, but those judges did not extend it nationally. This one did.
On the clear language the CDC never had this authority in the first place. Further, even if Congress was to do so explicitly (which they did not) it still fails because you are taking both possession and money from the landlord without compensation, which is private property and thus under the 5th Amendment impermissible.
This judge never got to the second point because he didn't have to.
The bottom line is that the free ride is over. This is a good decision and needed to happen a long time ago for the good of those who rent their residence.
It has become nearly impossible to find reasonable rental property -- that is, not wildly deficient in some way -- during Covid as a result of this moratorium. Literally anyone can move into such a place and then claim inability to pay due to the pandemic, and screw the landlord. There's no defense against this except for requiring a ridiculously large up-front deposit, which most renters do not have. Further, the premise this is a "suspension" is worthless; yes, in theory when it ends the renter has to pay the back rent but virtually none of them have it and most people who rent don't have much in the way of assets either, so suing them is a pointless exercise.
The landlord, in the meantime, must keep up maintenance, repairs, any utilities that were built into the rent and pay property taxes, without which he's breaking the law or may have the place seized by the county. Essentially the landlord is paying the tenant to stay there; there is no free lunch, and those funds were taken from the landlord at literal gunpoint.
I'm sure Biden's people will appeal but any appeal just makes the problem worse, as what was originally a few months has now extended over a year, and that year's time is a full year worth of rent which is still due to the landlord but nearly zero tenant have it, having consumed the funds for other things -- including, I'm sure in many cases, lots of booze and weed.
It's time to draw the curtain down on this scam; it was months ago, really, in that some judge, somewhere, should have taken a sledge to the CDC's pee-pee on their order all the way back to last summer. The economic damage to the rental housing market has been immense, but the worst victims are in fact those who rent residences as landlords no longer have even the de-minimus expectation at present that if you don't pay they can go to court and evict you.
Those who are not slimeballs have been severely harmed by the CDC's action -- an action that was neither legal or constitutional.
The employees and families of those working for the CDC should be the ones forced to go live under a freeway overpass in the interests of justice.