Tenants scored a victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals

 

Source: Colleen Grablick, DCist

Landlords will still be barred from filing eviction cases so long as D.C.’s moratorium on evictions remains in place.

D.C. landlords challenged the D.C. Council’s moratorium on eviction filings last year, arguing that it violated their rights of access to the courts. Evictions would still be barred during the public health emergency, but the landlords fighting the city’s law wanted the ability to begin the legal process by filing writs of evictions in court.

“The kind of overall messages from the court about this is: everything has been put on hold to allow tenants to stabilize, by getting their job back, by getting unemployment benefits, by applying for rental assistance…and that’s good for tenants and landlords,” says Beth Mellen, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

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