Statewide eviction moratorium extension would require partial tenant payments

Stopgap measure would protect Covid-hit tenants until Jan. 31, but mandate 25% of rent is paid

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Aug.August 28, 2020 08:05 AM
Renters and housing advocates attend a protest to cancel rent and avoid evictions in front of the court house in Los Angeles (Credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Renters and housing advocates attend a protest to cancel rent and avoid evictions in front of the court house in Los Angeles (Credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

State lawmakers are expected to present a bill on Friday that would extend a statewide eviction moratorium, but would still require tenants to pay a portion of their monthly rent.

The bill is called the “Covid-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020,” and would bar evictions of tenants facing financial hardships related to the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. It would last through Jan. 31.

The current moratorium bars all evictions, regardless of whether a tenant has been financially hurt by the pandemic, and requires no partial payment of rent. It has been in place since March.

Landlord groups involved in the negotiations said tenants would also have to pay 25 percent of their rent from September through January.

The existing eviction ban is set to expire on Tuesday, giving the state Senate until then to pass a measure without any gap in protections.

The state’s rulemaking body, the Judicial Council, has periodically extended the moratorium through the last few months. But earlier this month, it signaled it had no intention of extending the moratorium further, arguing that it was up to the state’s legislative and executive branches to craft a permanent solution.

The Jan. 31 expiration date gives lawmakers time to negotiate another bill through the beginning of the next legislative session.

A measure currently up for consideration, Assembly Bill 1436, would extend the moratorium until 90 days after the pandemic-related state of emergency is lifted or until April, whichever comes first. It would give mortgage holders and landlords up to a year to pay missed mortgage payments. [LADN]Dennis Lynch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Getty, iStock)

Restaurant owners want refund for fees paid during Covid closures

Restaurant owners want refund for fees paid during Covid closures
Howard Johnson at 7432 Reseda Boulevard and Hotel Solaire at 1710 7th Street

LA will buy mostly-vacant motels for Project Homekey

LA will buy mostly-vacant motels for Project Homekey
Assessor Jeffrey Prang

LA County property values may tumble in next tally: Assessor

LA County property values may tumble in next tally: Assessor
Tents in Los Angeles, California (Credit: APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

LA officials cut $300M homeless housing deal

LA officials cut $300M homeless housing deal
L.A.’s office market continued to weaken through the third quarter

LA office market vacancy rises to 15% in Q3

LA office market vacancy rises to 15% in Q3
Donald Bren Hotel Irvine and Fashion Island Hotel (Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, and Google Maps)

Irvine Company’s 1,700 layoffs mostly hit staff at 3 hotels, resorts

Irvine Company’s 1,700 layoffs mostly hit staff at 3 hotels, resorts
Tim Naughton and a rendering of the project (Credit: OFFICEUNTITLED and AvalonBay)

AvalonBay secures $167M loan for Arts District resi project

AvalonBay secures $167M loan for Arts District resi project
Metropolis Los Angeles, and The Century Plaza

Surprise, surprise: LA condo sales are way up

Surprise, surprise: LA condo sales are way up
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...