President Biden signed an executive order extending the federal halt on evictions through March. In addition, in January 2021, California legislators extended the state eviction moratorium through June 30. Assembly members largely agreed that the extension was necessary to protect Californians and ensure that as many people as possible have roofs over their heads as pandemic-related financial struggles continue.
Evictions are not canceled in every situation, however. Residential landlords can file evictions for non-payment of rent, but if a tenant responds within 15 days of getting notice with a declaration of COVID-19-related hardship, the eviction will be put on hold.
Tenants are expected to pay at least 25 percent of the rent they owe for leasing a housing unit between September 1, 2020 and the end of June 2021. If a tenant does so, the rest of the unpaid rent can be converted into civil debt. This gives the landlord the right to seek payment of the remaining back rent in court, but landlords will not be eligible to evict tenants for this debt. It is important to realize that landlords can still evict tenants for non-rent-related lease violations or if the tenant does not declare financial hardship due to the pandemic.
There are also relief programs available throughout the state for both tenants and landlords, as both parties can be facing financial struggles. If you are wondering about your legal rights in a dispute with a landlord or tenant, you should discuss the matter with an experienced Calabasas landlord-tenant lawyer.
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The Law Offices of Alan J. Carnegie, APC, assists both landlords and tenants in all types of disputes, including complicated matters during the pandemic. Call 877.261.4456 or contact us online to discuss your situation and how we can help.