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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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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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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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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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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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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced that most major banks will provide mortgage relief to property owners, a development that also will benefit independent rental owners experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Gov. Gavin Newsom “Two-hundred state charter banks and credit unions have committed to the state of California that they will provide forbearance on foreclosures and on mortgage payments,” Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday, adding “And I’m very pleased that Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi, and JPMorgan Chase, have all agreed to 90 day waiver of payments for those that have been impacted by COVID-19.” The governor’s… Read More

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In response to COVID-19-related financial hardships, the federal government is offering a reprieve on foreclosures for qualifying owners of single-family and multifamily properties. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will be halting all evictions and foreclosures until May 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This moratorium on evictions and foreclosures applies specifically to single-family homes with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a HUD agency that backs affordable home loans issued through private firms. According to HUD, this relief will apply to about 8 million units. For more information, see HUD’s press release on… Read More

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