The eviction moratorium and tenant protections included in Assembly Bill (AB) 3088, set to expire on February 1, 2021, may continue through the end of the new year. Two bills would continue to prevent COVID-related evictions, for varying lengths.
Under AB 3088, tenants are not obligated to pay rent due between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 if they are able to provide proof of a COVID-related financial hardship. For the period of September 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021, tenants must pay at least 25% of their total rent owed for this five month period to avoid eviction.
Under AB 15, proposed by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), the 25% rent payment threshold would continue through December 31, 2021. This bill would also waive preempted eviction protections, and allow local jurisdictions to enforce new eviction rules on top of existing state law.
Senate Bill 3, proposed by Sens. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) and Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would extend AB 3088 to the end of March 2021. In these two added months, lawmakers would take more time to review legislation and get a sense of how efficiently vaccines will be distributed throughout the state.
Landlords have actively opposed the extension. However, both bill’s authors have stated that their respective bills will provide relief for landlords as well. If done right, this would provide financial aid for COVID-burdened renters and property owners alike. Keep an eye out for which bill passes at the beginning of 2021. The eviction moratorium will be the most pertinent conversation in the California multifamily industry until the pandemic subsides.
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