Update: The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 14, approved SB 847, which now heads to the Housing and Community Development Committee

Members of the California Apartment Association are urging the state Assembly to vote yes on a bill that would offer financial relief to landlords deprived of funds from the COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program (ERAP).

Sen. Melissa Hurtado

The bill, SB 847 by Sen. Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger, is sponsored by CAA and recently reached the Assembly after winning unanimous and bipartisan approval in the Senate.

This week, CAA asked its members to send messages to their Assembly representatives asking them to approve the bill and share their personal stories on why they need help from SB 847.

At present, Hurtado’s bill is awaiting hearings in both the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee and the Housing and C.

The bill would provide state dollars to rental owners who’ve gone without rent and whose tenants either won’t cooperate in the ERAP application process or don’t qualify for the assistance.
Under California’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium, tenants who failed to pay their rent were protected from eviction if they claimed a pandemic-related financial hardship. Many landlords have since learned that their nonpaying tenants continued to work or otherwise earn an income during the pandemic and don’t qualify for rental aid.

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