Eviction Moratorium Extension
CalRHA Update 4.6.22
Over the last month, CalRHA participated in negotiations with the Legislature during their consideration of extending the eviction moratorium beyond the sunset of March 31, 2022. They were considering extending the eviction moratorium through the end of August. In the end, the deal was amended into AB 2179 (Grayson). The bill extends for three more months, through June 30, 2022, two components of AB
832: (1) protections against eviction for nonpayment of rent, but only in cases where an application for emergency rental assistance to cover the unpaid rent was pending as of March 31, 2022; and (2) preemption of additional local protections against eviction for nonpayment of rent that were not in place on August 19, 2020. This preemption includes the local eviction moratoriums for Covid-19 related nonpayment of rent in: Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Fresno, etc. The bill passed the Legislature and was signed into law last week. CalRHA voiced opposition to the bill due to its impact on rental housing providers who have been providing housing in California, oftentimes with no rent, nor any rent assistance. Immediately following enactment, the Attorney General posted the following statement, reminding tenants of the protection.
Legislative UpdatePolicy committee hearings have been proceeding. Notably, the Wicks vaccine mandate, AB 1993, was pulled by the author and is no longer moving this year. Additionally, several bills have been amended and are now priority bills, including, but not limited to, a bill to create a $500 excise tax, a new Ellis Act bill, and TOPA legislation. It is safe to say we are facing more onerous bills this year than over the last few years. It promises to be a busy year indeed. Below, please find several key bills that CalRHA has been engaged on to date.
Rent Assistance UpdateThe rent assistance application portal is now closed and approximately $2.6 billion has been paid out in rent assistance in the state. For more information on the rental assistance program, please visit Housing is Key.