Question from CA Law, What are the COVID-19 related tenant protections in California?
Answer from AI:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, California has enacted several protections for tenants to prevent evictions and provide financial relief. These protections are subject to change as the situation evolves, so it’s important to stay updated on the latest information.
The most significant protection is the statewide eviction moratorium. Under the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (AB 3088), landlords cannot evict tenants for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial distress. This protection was extended by SB 91 until June 30, 2021.
Key aspects of the eviction moratorium include:
- Tenants must declare that they are unable to pay all or part of their rent due to a COVID-19 related reason.
- Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction.
SB 91 also established the State Rental Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to landlords and tenants. This program can pay landlords up to 80% of a tenant’s unpaid rent.
In addition to statewide protections, many local jurisdictions in California have enacted their own tenant protections. These can include additional eviction protections, rent freezes, and more.
Please note: This information is subject to change and is current as of the date of publication. It’s important to consult with a legal professional for personalized advice. The California Courts’ self-help eviction and housing page is a good resource for up-to-date information.
When to Seek Legal Advice
If you’re a tenant facing potential eviction, or if you’re unsure about your rights under these protections, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice. Legal aid organizations, such as the LawHelpCA, can provide free or low-cost assistance.
Remember, these protections do not relieve tenants of their obligation to pay rent. They merely provide temporary relief from eviction for those affected by the pandemic. It’s crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities under these laws to avoid potential legal issues in the future.