California Eviction Moratorium Extended through September 30, 2021

Posted By: David Cordero Advocacy Updates ,

California's COVID-19 statewide eviction moratorium has been extended through September 30, 2021, after the State Legislature passed and Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 832 (Chiu), two days before the existing eviction moratorium period was set to expire.

The changes in law are significant and will affect collections, possession, eviction, payment, attorney fees, court access, credit reporting, and a whole host of other landlord-tenant issues.

Among the changes in the law that will immediately affect rental property operations are:

  • Tenants who claim they have been adversely affected by the COVID- 19 pandemic will be permitted to remain in tenancy.
  • Evictions are stayed from June 30, 2021, for another three-month period ending September 30, 2021.
  • $5.2 billion will be added to the current federal funds by the state government to pay up to 100% of past due rent for “qualifying” tenants who earn less than 80% of the area wide median income (AMI).
  • Non-payment of rental debt cannot be used as an adverse credit issue.
  • Tenants cannot be evicted for at least six (6) months after October 1, 2021 if they complete an application for governmental rental assistance.
  • The measure extends the preemption of local city and county non-payment eviction ordinances through March 31, 2022, unless that local government already had an eviction moratorium ordinance in place.

To read the text of AB 832, click HERE.

AAOC will be presenting a member briefing webinar to explain the new law and answer questions. Members will receive an email with details and registration link once the webinar date has been set.

If you have questions, please email AAOC Vice President of Government Affairs Bill Christiansen at BillC@aaoc.com.