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: On Jan. 29, 2021, the Governor signed a bill extending the statewide moratorium on residential evictions through June 30, 2021. This is good news for both tenants and landlords, because it provides assistance to help pay back rent that is owed. Under the bill, tenants have to pay at least 25% of their rent. Landlords can receive a rent subsidy that will pay them 80% of the total rent owed from April 2020 to March 2021 if they forgive 20% and don’t pursue evictions.
The tenant must provide a declaration of hardship. Go to the State website for more information:
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