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President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday he would urge Congress to extend the nation’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium through September while also providing an additional $30 billion in rental assistance. The rent relief would be part of a nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan that also includes $1,400 payments to qualifying individuals. The proposals would bolster the $25 billion in rental aid and $600 stimulus payments in the COVID-19 economic relief package approved in December.

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The governor is urging California lawmakers to extend the statewide eviction protections provided under the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act. Without action, the protections will expire Jan. 31, five months after they passed the Legislature as AB 3088. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he and legislative leaders have committed to keeping the eviction moratorium in effect. Gov. Gavin Newsom “Yes, we will get a deal done to extend these renter-and-eviction protections,” Newsom said during a press conference. “It’s foundational, it’s fundamental.” Under AB 3088, tenants who declare COVID-related hardships have until the end of this month to pay at least 25% of… Read More

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has postponed a decision on the future of its COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Supervisors on Dec. 8 were prepared to renew and amend their ordinance, which expires Jan. 31, 2021. CAA, however, said it would be premature to act now, pointing to the possible extension or replacement of a statewide COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Like L.A. County’s eviction ban, the statewide eviction protections are scheduled to sunset at the end of January. In Sacramento, however, lawmakers already are proposing bills to either replace AB 3088 or extend it, with timetables ranging from two months to… Read More

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California lawmakers introduced a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will likely include more details before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year.  Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which passed as AB 3088 this summer and is… Read More

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Question: Where can I find CAA’s just-cause termination notice form? Answer: This has been a common question on CAA’s Landlord Helpline, given that the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (CTRA) requires landlords to provide residents with a “just cause” when they terminate a tenancy. The just-cause requirement applies to all tenancies — even those not covered by the just-cause provisions of AB 1482, the new statewide rent cap law. For example, CTRA provides just-cause protections to tenants no matter how long they’ve lived in a unit, while AB 1482 limits just-cause protections to residents in place for a year… Read More

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Non-payment filings can begin for tenants without coronavirus hardships California’s Judicial Council has approved three new forms and one revised form for use in eviction cases governed under the newly signed COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. The policymaking body of the California courts approved the forms Friday. The new and revised forms will assist courts in implementing the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, or CTRA, which prohibits the eviction of renters who claim COVID-related hardships. At the same time, the law specifically provides clearance for the court to proceed with unlawful detainer actions, the legal term for evictions, against tenants… Read More

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After hearing from CAA and its members, Contra Costa County supervisors this week rejected a proposal that would have banned at-fault evictions and expanded the county’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium to tenants who violate their lease. The 4-1 vote Tuesday came after four hours of public debate, including an overwhelming number of public testimonies from rental housing providers.

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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… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom late Monday signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, legislation that prohibits the eviction of renters with genuine COVID-related hardships but reopens the unlawful-detainer process for tenants who cause problems at the property. The legislation, AB 3088, was signed into law shortly after passing the Assembly on a vote of 61-8 with 10 abstentions. Earlier Monday, the bill cleared the Senate on a 33-2 vote with five abstentions. The law took effect immediately. The California Apartment Association engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the bill, which offers… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has negotiated a less-burdensome alternative to Assemblyman David Chiu’s AB 1436.    The new bill is AB 3088, dubbed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, and will be in print this afternoon. Over the past week, CAA engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the new legislation.   The new proposal would allow landlords to evict tenants who cause problems at the property, such as by causing nuisances or threatening their neighbors. It also would allow owners to terminate the tenancies of renters who have the wherewithal to pay rent but refuse to do so. The bill would offer eviction protections… Read More

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