With the state’s existing eviction moratorium on the verge of expiring, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a new bill allowing renters who are financially impacted by the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) plandemic to stop paying rent until at least February with no immediate consequences.
The legislation passed both Democrat-dominated state houses with supermajorities in the final hours of their lengthy, two-year legislative session. After finally coming to a compromise agreement with various stakeholders, the bill was passed and Gov. Newsom immediately signed it into law.
Those in support of the bill say it will help keep California’s 17 million renters from going homeless since much of the state is still closed due to the plandemic. Tenants who declare that they have lost income due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) will now be allowed to stop paying rent until Feb. 1.
Further, all back rent owed by tenants from this past March 1 up until Aug. 31 will be converted to consumer debt, meaning it cannot be used as grounds for later eviction. To continue receiving protection under the legislation, however, renters will need to continue paying at least 25 percent of their cumulative rent between Sept. 1 and Jan. 31.
Starting March 1, 2021, landlords will then have the option to pursue lost rent in small-claims court, though they will not be allowed to use this as an excuse to evict tenants. All they can do is try to retrieve what they were owed once things eventually – assuming they ever do – go back to “normal.”
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