Gov. Gavin Newsom today said the national eviction moratorium announced this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will not apply in California because the Golden State already has stronger eviction protections in place.  

The CDC is exempting locations with “the same or greater level of public-health protection than the requirements listed in this Order.” 

“Our protections are not impacted by those federal rules and regulations,” Newsom said during a press conference today. “Our protections go a little farther than the federal government. There is no income cap as the federal government currently has.  

“Again, ours go through Feb. 1 of next year. They don’t expire at the end of this year.… And California, again, is leaning in more aggressively than we believe in any other state in this country.”  

Newsom signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 late Monday evening, shortly after it cleared both houses of the Legislature as AB 3088. The law took effect immediately and coincided with the expiration of the Judicial Council’s Rule 1, which halted eviction cases across California since April 6.  

For more on the CDC order, review CAA’s Industry Insight paper. To learn more about AB 3088, visit the association’s compliance page for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act.