Tenants who can’t pay their rent because of COVID-19 continue to have protections against eviction.
STATE AND FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUMS:
California Eviction Moratorium: No residential tenant can be evicted before Feb. 1, 2021, as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued March 4 to Aug. 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between Sept. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the cumulative rent due to avoid eviction. Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction. The legislation also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.
Federal Eviction Moratorium: The Centers for Disease Control ordered a temporary halt on residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The moratorium has been extended at least until March 31, 2021. Tenants must provide an executed copy of a declaration form (or a similar declaration under penalty of perjury) to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live.
Without endorsing any of these, the following are resources you can contact for further information about pro bono or affordable legal assistance:
The Public Law Center
Community Legal Aid So Cal
Orange County Bar Association
www.ocbar.org (Click “Need a Lawyer?” link)
(949) 440-6747 or (877) 257-4762