Tonight, we have more clarity on the Governor’s State of Emergency Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it relates to evictions and foreclosures.
Earlier today, the Judicial Council of California Courts adopted an emergency court rule that stops all evictions, other than those necessary to protect public health and safety, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
This new court rule will apply until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or until it is amended or repealed by the Judicial Council.
According to US News, tenants can still be served eviction notices but will not have to adhere to the five-day timeframe to respond. When the courts resume, tenants could still owe back rent, be evicted or face other penalties.
As you know, the Los Angeles City Council recently went even further and took action to provide eviction protection to renters dealing with coronavirus. These protections include: barring landlords from evicting residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent; allowing tenants to pay back their rent for up to 12 months after the emergency order is lifted; and waiving late fees. For more information on these eviction protections, click here.
In addition, the Judicial Council adopted an emergency rule related to foreclosures. This rule also applies until 90 days after the Governor lifts the COVID-19 state of emergency.
The Judicial Court rules will remain in place for up to 90 days after Newsom lifts the state’s emergency declaration that he issued in early March. To view the specific orders, visit the Judicial Council website.
Lastly, I am persisting in efforts for additional action to be taken at the federal level with rent and mortgage forgiveness. Real relief to keep people housed during the pandemic and after it eases will take collaboration at all levels of government.
Please stay safe,