The coronavirus pandemic has had an adverse impact on individuals, families, and small businesses everywhere. Now, the California eviction moratorium has been extended. Relief has been made available for renters all over the state, so it is important for everyone to know who is eligible and what their rights are.
Households that are eligible for relief must be at or below 80 percent of the median income of the surrounding neighborhoods during 2020 or 2021. Individuals who are below 50 percent of the median income of their regions will be prioritized when applying for relief. In addition, individuals and families are going to be made eligible for rental assistance regardless of their current immigration status. Tenants who may have moved out of their homes during the pandemic might be eligible for rental support even though they were not covered during previous rounds of relief.
This comes as a welcome relief for renters all over California who were struggling to make ends meet. Now, households will be able to apply for rental relief they can use to catch up on past due rent payments. Furthermore, this also means renters will not have to worry about getting evicted over rent nonpayment for a few more months.
This bill also means that landlords are not able to evict renters due to rent non-payment through September 30, 2021. Landlords have to provide evidence to the court that they apply for rental assistance if they want to file an eviction lawsuit after that date. If the renter did not complete their application or qualify for aid, then the case can move forward.
Ms. Katje earned her Juris Doctorate at California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, graduated Cum Laude and was a Dean’s Honor List recipient. She was also a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts I and Contracts II. Ms. Katje was a member of the Law Review and International Law Journal at California Western School Law, where she was an Associate Editor.