California eviction ban ending, rental assistance kicking in

September 27, 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

California’s eviction moratorium is set to expire Thursday, though many tenants who are behind on rent may still have opportunities to stay in their homes through use of rental assistance programs.

The existing state eviction ban protects tenants who have experienced COVID-19 related financial hardships. Until Thursday, such tenants can avoid eviction if they provide their landlord with a signed declaration of financial distress and have paid 25% of the rent due between Sept. 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021.

Starting on Oct. 1, landlords can begin the process of evicting a tenant for unpaid rent over the last year. However, landlords must first apply for rental assistance prior to proceeding with an eviction lawsuit, according to rules established by California’s most recent tenant relief act, AB 832.

In order to obtain an unlawful detainer judgment, landlords in most cases must show they have sought rental assistance and have been denied, or the tenant failed to complete his/her part of the rent relief application. Tenants have 15 business days to apply for rental assistance upon receiving a “pay or quit” notice from their landlord or upon receiving a notice that the landlord started an application for rent relief on their behalf.

Over the summer, the state of California announced a $5.2 billion rental assistance program for low-income residents. For qualified tenants, the rental assistance program will pay 100 percent of the amount due to the landlord dating as far back as April 1, 2020.

Additionally, various jurisdictions have adopted local rental assistance programs. Current state rules allow local government eviction ordinances to remain in place until they expire, though jurisdictions cannot defer rent obligations beyond May 31, 2023.

Beginning on Nov. 1, landlords can sue tenants for unpaid rent. But, the state’s rental assistance program can protect tenants from debt collection lawsuits, in addition to eviction attempts.


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Jon Tatro

The vaccine was available in March to the masses, the government should’ve ended this eviction ban at that time. There is absolutely no reasonable argument to have extended the eviction ban beyond that time. The government just enabled lazy people who don’t want to work.


Rambunctious

Conditioning….we are being conditioned….


IDBOUND

On my TV news this morning a group of people protesting in SF ,protesting that rent should be abolished and that they should be able to live rent free in another persons property .Huh what am I missing here?,,, Bizarre


kayaknut

Great for the mega real estate corporations, when the little landlords get foreclosed on because their tenants are not paying rent and cant be evicted and they lose their property, those mega corporations who are getting almost zero interest loans, will buy everything up and become even bigger thanks to our government.


Jorge Estrada

More social engineering?, when your taxes are to pay for the consequences of poor priorities then you know we are funding more stupidity. Just like the AIG bailout on the last dump in the previous buy cheap and sell high economy. There is a need for consequences if a real correction is to occur and using the taxpayers to cover poor choices is a misappropriation of funds. This is the kick the can down the road solution politicians use for re-election, another misappropriation funds.


copperhead

Yet another reason I don’t want to be a landlord.


JThomas

I’m sure glad I’m a landlord. Was lucky enough to buy many income properties and have lived the great life for many years.


fat chance

Unbelieveable..when does it end. If you don’t have a job, it’s because you don’t want one.