Cities in California that are Extending the Eviction Moratorium

Cities in California that are Extending the Eviction Moratorium

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, about 76.5% of apartment dwellers paid some or all of their rent in July. That statistic is encouraging considering we’re still knee-deep in a global pandemic, but it also means that around one in four families are experiencing housing insecurity. With that in mind, is it too early to take away pandemic-induced protections that help renters?

 

California residents think so. That’s why some counties and cities have opted to extend federal protections for renters adversely impacted by Covid-19.

After all, moving out of an apartment and into a new one isn't an option for most people. It costs a lot of money to move - you'll need to come up with funds for a security deposit, boxes and more. And you may end up paying more for your new digs. Zillow reported that rental unit prices have risen 7 per cent since last year at this time.

 Are you hoping to gain more insight into these rent protections and where they apply? Learn everything you need to know below.

 

Which Cities in California Are Extending the Rent Moratorium?

 

As July approached, California’s Governor Newsom knew there was work to be done. Federal rent protections are set to end at the end of July, but the pandemic is nowhere near its end. That’s why new legislation was signed into law early in July to help residents. The new law extends the state’s eviction moratorium until September 30, 2021. That’s not all, though! The comprehensive rent assistance plan also provides:

 

• $5.2 billion to help renters pay back past-due rent

• Rent and utility payments to those in need

• A way to mask rental history and credit for those impacted by Covid

• Mortgage forbearance through December 1, 2021

 

With all of those protections in place, California now enjoys the biggest rent protection program in the country. So, which cities are adhering to the extension? While all counties and cities should be adhering, statistics show otherwise. Since protections were enacted, individuals have still been getting evicted more in the Central Valley and Inland Empire than in the Bay area and the coast. L.A. has also experienced higher than average eviction rates.

 

One reason for the disparity is that many counties in high-eviction areas don’t have enough legal organizations to help support their citizens. Most Californians feel as if no one will help, and they don’t know their options. If you fall into that category, then you should speak with a lawyer in your city. They’ll help you determine your eligibility and options.

 

Who is Eligible for the Rent Moratorium in California?

 

Have you missed your rent payments due to the pandemic situation? Are you concerned that your landlord will begin eviction proceedings against you? You’re not alone! California residents are eligible to seek out rent relief protections when:

 

• Your household lost income during the pandemic

• You’ve qualified for unemployment during Covid

• Your household’s income is less than 80% of your area’s median income

• You’re at risk of becoming homeless

 

With that in mind, most tenants who are struggling during this global pandemic are eligible for rent relief protection. Those tenants are, however, required to assert their rights when and if their landlords attempt to evict them. If you don’t know your legal rights and options, then you’re more likely to get unjustly evicted.

 

There are exceptions to the moratorium, though. You won’t be eligible for eviction protection if your landlord has decided to take their rental property off the market. You also can’t seek protection if there’s a safety concern with the property such as black mold or not being up to code. In these situations, it’s likely that your county’s court would allow your landlord to continue with eviction proceedings despite the pandemic and moratorium.

 

It’s also important to understand that the current moratorium applies for nonpayment reasons only. That means your landlord can still begin eviction proceedings for reasons other than nonpayment. If you break your lease obligations, for example, you won’t be eligible for eviction protection.

 

Are You Expecting to Get Evicted in California? Steps to Take Now

 

Statistics indicate that at least 10,000 Californian families have been locked out of their homes since the pandemic began. While the state boasts the biggest and best pandemic rent relief program, its application hasn’t been streamlined across the state. Certain cities continue to evict residents at high rates.

 

Are you worried about getting evicted after missing rent due to the pandemic? Were you unjustly evicted in California despite the current protections in place? If so, then you should get in touch with an attorney to explore your legal options. You may be eligible for compensation for the hardship you endured due to an eviction during the pandemic. Go to our lawyer search bar now to find a quality lawyer in your area now.



This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
 
 
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