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California Extends Renter Protections During the PandemicRead Time: 1 min
On March 31, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill 2179, which extends existing protections for California renters.
The Bill amends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act to require that notices that demand payment of rent must now inform tenants that they have certain rights if they pay at least 25 percent of their rent and apply for government rental assistance for the amounts owing to the landlord. It also extends the time to August 1, 2022, that local jurisdictions can begin to require tenants to repay past-due rent.
The Bill amends the COVID-19 Rental Housing Recovery Act to extend the restriction on unlawful detainer (evictions) actions based in whole or in part of nonpayment of rental debt due to COVID-19 hardship through July 1, 2022. If in response to a demand for a payment of rent the tenant submits a declaration to the landlord stating that the tenant has applied for government rental assistance to cover the rental debt demanded, the landlord may not file an eviction action before July 1, 2022.
Reprinted with permission from the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today May Month-In-Brief: Business Regulation & Regulated Industries.