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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Apartment Association is hearing from members that some residents have not paid their April rent. The association has created an informal poll to gauge the scope of the problem. The survey includes four multiple-choice questions and takes less than one minute to complete. The answers will remain anonymous.

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Judicial Council of California on Monday placed on hold nearly all evictions in the state. The council’s vote at an emergency meeting effectively suspended all unlawful detainer actions until 90 days after California’s COVID-19 state of emergency ends. The vote goes much further than Gov. Gavin Newsom’s eviction moratorium, which he declared through an executive order last month. That order banned the eviction of renters unable to pay the rent because of financial hardships tied to COVID-19. A previous order issued by Newsom expanded the Judicial Council’s emergency authority, making Monday’s sweeping action… Read More

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Banks on April 3 started processing applications from small businesses seeking paycheck-protection assistance under the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law last week, according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) features a program to provide cash-flow assistance to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons. This cash flow comes in the form of a loan of up to $10 million, which can be fully forgiven if the funds are used for specified costs and if employees and employee salaries are maintained. Also,… Read More

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Effective immediately and in time for rents due April 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom today banned the eviction of renters unable to pay the rent because of COVID-19. The statewide executive order runs through May 31 and prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. “Although CAA is still reviewing the details of the new executive order, the association continues to appreciate Gov. Newsom for his continued leadership during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president of state public affairs. The order requires tenants to declare in… Read More

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As renters struggle to make timely payments to landlords during the COVID-19 crisis, rental property owners will find it difficult if not impossible to cover their property taxes on time.  That’s why the California Apartment Association has joined more than 50 other organizations in asking Gov. Newsom to partially suspend Revenue and Taxation Code sections 2618 and 4103. Such a move would give taxpayers, including owners of rental housing, until July 15 to pay the second installment of their property taxes, which is now due April 10. Newsom has already granted such an extension for income tax filing and payment.… Read More

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Tenant activists are organizing rent strikes in a number of California cities, with landlords in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco as apparent targets. The more radical tenant groups are spearheading the strikes, calling on tenants to withhold rent payments and demand that unpaid rent be forgiven in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The demands come despite a statewide moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent attributable to COVID-19. The California Apartment Association, too, called on all rental housing providers to adopt its Safe at Home Guidelines, which include a voluntary rent freeze and halt on evictions for residents affected… Read More

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Just days after the city of Los Angeles imposed a COVID-19 related rent freeze and strict eviction moratorium, L.A. county appears poised to do the same. The County Board of Supervisors is now reviewing steps taken by the city of L.A. for possible implementation throughout the nation’s most populous county, including within city limits. This review comes after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday ordered a prohibition on any rent increases at the city’s roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. This past Friday, the City Council approved a far-reaching eviction moratorium that prohibits all no-fault evictions and gives tenants up to… Read More

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It’s April 1, and the rent is due.   With COVID-19 prompting layoffs and job cuts across California, though, many tenants won’t be able to pay it. In these cases, the California Apartment Association urges landlords to respond with patience and compassion.   Owners who haven’t already done so are encouraged to provide their tenants with the association’s sample letter on rent payments, which offers guidance to tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. CAA also offers a form that can be used to create a back-rent payment plan for when the crisis subsides.  Of course, CAA’s sample letter urges tenants to pay their rent on time if they’re able to do so.   … Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the city of Los Angeles to prohibit all rent increases in rent controlled units, approve a far-reaching eviction moratorium, and grant tenants one year to cover unpaid rent. These actions go well beyond a statewide eviction moratorium ordered last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mayor Eric Garcetti’ ordered his prohibition on rent increases Monday night, affecting roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. Prior to his order, the annual cap on rent increases for these units sat at 4%, a figure based on the rate of inflation. The California Apartment Association agrees that landlords should not be… Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. We are here to try to help.  This includes the preparation of a sample letter to residents, in both English and Spanish, concerning rental payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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