The Biden Administration extended the CDC eviction moratorium, even while admitting it did not have legal grounds to do so. Before the extension, the eviction moratorium was set to end on July 30th. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the CDC found no legal authority for a new moratorium. However, Democratic leadership pressured Biden to take action, even if illegal. While supporters of the moratorium frame it as a necessary intervention for struggling renters, critics have pointed out that the policy will ultimately reduce access to affordable housing, harm middle-class landlords, and remove incentives for building new housing in a time of national housing shortages.