California has some of the highest rents in the nation, and San Diego is one of the most popular cities in the state. Tenants struggling to make ends meet because of the unpredictable events of the year so far will likely feel relieved to hear that Gov. Gavin Newsom has recently signed an extension of existing protections for tenants who might otherwise face eviction.
If you are someone who has recently had trouble paying the rent, familiarizing yourself with these protections can certainly help you advocate for yourself.
Newly signed bill extends eviction protections for some into 2021
In March of 2020, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order placing a moratorium on evictions due to the economic fallout of business closures. The governor took action twice to extend the order, but it was meant to end on Sept. 1.
Thankfully, on Aug. 31, the governor signed into law a bill passed by the state legislature that extends protection to those who are at least attempting to pay their rent. Tenants who pay at least 25% of their current rent amount between September and the end of January now have protection from eviction.
Those that fail to meet the standard of paying 25% could face eviction as soon as Feb. 1. It is also worth noting that unpaid rent could be grounds for a lawsuit beginning in 2021. Tenants may have to fill out a hardship form in certain situations.
New federal rules also offer eviction protection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also announced a nationwide moratorium on evictions. Tenants who can attest in writing that they make less than $99,000 a year can avoid eviction for non-payment of rent. The CDC rule does not prohibit evictions for other reasons.
If you are worried that your current rental situation could lead to difficulties because of a decrease in your income, discussing the situation an experienced attorney can help you make more informed decisions.