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
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
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
The California Apartment Association has spent the past week helping negotiate the details of the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Negotiations are continuing on the bill, which is expected to be unveiled in the state Legislature by tomorrow morning. The legislation is intended as an alternative to AB 1436, the “free rent” bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “We’ve been working around the clock with lawmakers and the governor’s office to make sure the legislation is fair and balanced,” said Debra Carlton, executive vice president of state public affairs. “Our goal has been to provide both help for… Read More
A COVID-19 related bill that would invite tenants to skip rent payments without fear of eviction continues to work its way through the state Senate. On Wednesday, AB 1436 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-0 vote with three abstentions.
California’s Judicial Council today voted 19-1 to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful-detainer cases effective Sept. 1. The Judicial Council had been eyeing Aug. 14 to resume evictions, however, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged her colleagues to wait two weeks. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye The delay gives lawmakers more time to create a replacement for the Judicial Council’s Rule 1, which has halted nearly all evictions across the state since April 1. “In our ongoing conversations with Gov. Newsom and the Legislature, we have been responsive to their requests for additional time to develop and enact policy and legislative… Read More
California’s Judicial Council will vote by noon Thursday whether to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful detainer cases effective Sept. 1. Last month, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye suggested the courts could decide to resume hearing eviction cases effective Aug. 14. Today, however, she asked her colleagues on the Judicial Council to consider pushing back the date by a couple of weeks, which would coincide with the end of the Legislative session. The Judicial Council’s rules were put in place in early April, bringing to a halt nearly all eviction actions in the state. The action came in response to… Read More
After hearing from CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors this week agreed to do more research before deciding whether to force its strict eviction control policies on all 88 cities within its boundaries. Supervisors had been scheduled to vote on the matter Tuesday but opted to delay the matter for two weeks.
In a well-intentioned but unnecessary step, the San Jose City Council on Thursday passed an emergency ordinance to protect furloughed federal workers from eviction. Under the legislation, approved by the council on an 8-0 vote, landlords may not evict federal employees and contractors for nonpayment of rent if those tenants have gone without pay due to the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., which dragged on for more than a month. Although President Trump on Friday announced that the government would reopen for three weeks, San Jose’s emergency ordinance on evicting furloughed federal workers remains in effect. The ordinance was worded… Read More
After more than a year of discussion, the city of Santa Barbara has drafted proposed ordinances that could require rental housing providers to offer leases to prospective tenants, and in some cases, relocation assistance to displaced renters. First drafts of the ordinances were presented this week to the Santa Barbara City Council’s ordinance committee.