The California Apartment Association has asked the state’s Judicial Council to further revise the jury instructions for eviction cases that go to trial following the passage of Senate Bill 91. Passed in late January, SB 91 extended California’s eviction moratorium through June of this year. To avoid eviction, tenants now have until June 30 to pay at least 25% of rent debt that’s accrued since Sept. 1, 2020. The Judicial Council’s proposed jury instructions revisions, however, leave out the new June 30 deadline for tenants to pay a quarter of what’s owed. The instructions also fail to explain what’s required… Read More
A ruling by a Texas judge finding the CDC’s COVID-19 eviction ban to be unconstitutional won’t affect the various eviction moratoria in California. The ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker concludes that the Centers for Disease Control lacked the Constitutional authority to ban residential evictions. “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium,” Barker wrote in a ruling Thursday, as reported by Bloomberg. The authority to impose eviction moratoria rests with local and state governments, the judge concluded. This means California’s statewide eviction moratorium,… Read More
Los Angeles County this month will begin holding a series of stakeholder meetings where rental property owners can discuss the impacts of the county’s eviction moratorium on their rental business. The moratorium applies to most cities in the county, although it excludes the city of Los Angeles. The first meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 25, and will include updates on the following: County’s eviction moratorium COVID renter protections Small business COVID relief Pending mortgage relief Rent relief program Officials also want to hear from rental housing providers. “Although there are several items they will be discussing,… Read More
The California Apartment Association this month argued before the state Supreme Court in a case that could affect the timing and procedures involved in litigating evictions across the state. Attorney Curtis Dowling of the law firm Dowling and Marquez argued on behalf of CAA during oral arguments in Stancil v. Superior Court of San Mateo County.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a rent freeze in two census tracts with significant impacts from COVID-19. If the board adopts the measure, all properties within Census Tract 1290 (Marin City) and Census Tract 1330 (Northern West Marin) will be subject to the rent freeze. The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to oppose this move. “Rent control is not a solution,” said Alex Khalfin, vice president of public affairs for CAA. “Rather than adopting rent control policies, the board should focus on providing additional emergency rental assistance to tenants and landlords impacted by the pandemic.”… Read More
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider banning nearly all evictions in the county. Under the ordinance, landlords would be unable to terminate tenancies for lease violations, for owner move‐ins, or even to quit the rental housing business under the Ellis Act.
Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed a bill that will use $2.6 billion in federal funds to pay landlords up to 80% of rent owed by qualifying tenants with COVID-19 financial hardships. The legislation, SB 91, won overwhelming bipartisan approval Thursday in both houses of the Legislature. SB 91 will use federal funds to pay up to 80% of a tenant’s back rent accumulated between April 1 of last year and March 31, 2021. A landlord who accepts the money will have to forgive the remaining unpaid rent for that period. If the landlord refuses this arrangement, the maximum subsidy drops… Read More
The California Legislature approved a bill Jan. 28 that would reimburse qualifying tenants and landlords for most unpaid rent accrued since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the economy last spring. SB 91 would use federal funds to pay up to 80% of back rent accumulated between April 1 of last year and March 31, 2021. A landlord who accepts the money would have to forgive the remaining unpaid rent for that period. Additional federal dollars would be available to help cover unpaid rent from March through June of this year. To qualify for the federal dollars, the unpaid rent must… Read More
The California Apartment Association has demanded that any extension of the state’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium include assistance for landlords who have been required to provide housing while collecting little-to-no rent. While California’s COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 is slated to expire Jan. 31, political headwinds make an extension a near certainty. The details of that extension, however, are still under negotiation. CAA this week sent a letter to the governor and legislative leadership and has urged its members to call their representatives with concerns and requests. “While CAA does not object to a short extension of AB 3088, we… Read More
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.