State Eviction Moratorium Extended
Last week, Governor Newsom signed legislation to extend the state’s eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. The legislation pauses evictions for tenants who declare under penalty of perjury an inability to pay all or part of their rent due to a COVID-related reason. Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to property owners, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction, even after the moratorium ends.
The legislation also establishes the State Rental Assistance Program to allocate the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance California will receive. The program will target aid to income-qualified tenants most at-risk with unpaid back rent. Assistance will also be extended to property owners who agree to waive 20% of unpaid rent.