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San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Eviction Moratorium Extensions Dominate Legislative Talks in Legislature’s Return

‘Forget about building new places for low-income people – how about preserving the current places?’

By Evan Symon, January 12, 2021 2:05 am

On Monday, amid a return of Senators and Assembly members to Sacramento, lawmakers are seeking to fast track one of two bills to extend the eviction moratorium before it expires on January 31st.

Senator Anna M. Caballero. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

In his budget proposal released Friday, Governor Newsom said that an eviction moratorium extension should be written into the 2021-2022 state budget and help out both renters and landlords alike. However, the Governor failed to give details on how exactly this would be carried out and how long the moratorium would last. Instead, that part of his proposal is currently being played out in both the Assembly and Senate.

Assembly Bill 15 is authored by longtime COVID-19 eviction moratorium advocate Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco). Under AB 15, the moratorium would be extended until January of 2022 and would cover tenants as long as they included a declaration saying that they couldn’t make rent payments due to COVID-19. In addition, credit agencies could no longer lower credit due to unpaid rent if there has been a COVID-19 declaration as well as numerous other protection extensions surrounding rent and mortgages.

In the Senate, Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), authored Senate Bill 3. Under SB 3 the moratorium would be extended, but only until March 2021. The bill would also hold tenants more accountable for COVID-19 declarations, allowing tenants who lie about their COVID-19 situation to fall under perjury charges.

Both bills would also act as an extension for AB 3088, a bill, also written by Assemblyman Chiu, that was passed in August 2020 and extended the moratorium until January 2021. Tenants under both would also have to pay at least 25% of what they owe since September, continuing the quarter amounts that had been stipulated under the bill if the renter gave a COVID-19 declaration.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. (Photo: Wikipedia)

While a new budget will not be approved until the summer and both AB 15 and SB 3 not having enough time on a usual bill schedule to be passed and signed by the end of the month, many, including Newsom and lawmakers, are currently trying to fast-track eviction moratorium protection extensions before the deadline. AB 15 has seen the most increased support since being introduced in December, with a number of co-signers attaching themselves to the bill and many California mayors throwing their support behind it as well.

“We cannot force thousands of already financially burdened families, who have lost their jobs and businesses out the door where we’ve made it impossible for them to earn a living,” announced San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo last month. “As the first mayor in the United States to announce an eviction moratorium in March, I emphatically support Assembly member Chiu’s bill to extend the eviction moratorium, providing the time that Californians desperately need to get back on their feet.”

Negative reaction to the moratorium extension proposals

However, the Governor’s proposal and both bills have drawn the ire of many housing, landlord, and city groups who maintain that an eviction moratorium extension would lead many landlords and developers to ruin.

“We’re in a dangerous place now,” Danielle Tran, the leader of an independent landlord group in the Bay Area, explained to the Globe. “We’re almost a year into having tenants not giving us money or staying there without repercussions. And now we may have to wait even longer to get rid of troublesome tenants or tenants using COVID-19 as a way to get reduced rent.

“And honestly, all this is doing is forcing many smaller landlords to give up and sell their places, many of which are going to big firms that increase prices and have many tenants, many of them low-income, to leave. This is the real damage. Landlords are getting hurt, and they’re actually reducing the number of low-income units. Forget about building new places for low-income people. How about preserving the current places?”

“But that’s taking a back seat and not getting mentioned. And all the while we suffer. We’re caught in the middle. We can’t get full amounts out of tenants or have them leave, but the government isn’t helping us out to make up the difference. So we get screwed over. Ultimately, the moratorium is not going to help anyone if it isn’t, at least reigned in, if not ended. [Lawmakers] don’t seem to care about us.”

If no action is taken this month, the statewide eviction moratorium will end on January 31, 2021. Lawmakers are expected to address the issue in the coming weeks.

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6 thoughts on “Eviction Moratorium Extensions Dominate Legislative Talks in Legislature’s Return

  1. Comrades
    Without freedom of religion and private property ownership you are a nothing, a chump and a deplorable-

  2. Real estate investment loans that are delinquent have been packaged by BlackRock and sold to the Federal Reserve under QE 5. It’s important to note that Corona is an intelligence agency psyop having nothing to do with health and everything to do with rebalancing the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This was a planned and necessary aspect to the fiat dollar, but the media has just been lying. The rent issue is part of the economic rebalance and planned in advance. Remember: Chiu is an FBI/National Security informant. He wore a wire during the Shrimp Boy sting and he is putting forward this bill on the instruction of his intelligence handler. It is not his “liberal commie SF” idea – he’s a sock puppet following a script that has been handed to him as part of the massive pre-planned economic shift.

  3. This needs to stop. Homeowners are being taken advantage of by renters who do not even qualify for this new Eviction Moratorium. My home owner is literally using this as an excuse not to find a new property to rent, when all I want to do is sell the house.

  4. Hi, we are trying to sell our home….the tenant does NOT qualify for this. They pay on-time, are employed, and are simply not looking for a new place to live/rent. We gave them a 60-day notice back in summer of 2020 and have spent a lot of personal time emailing them potential rental properties they can apply for. They are not doing anything to move. They say “we have Covid on our side” but they don’t even qualify. Are we not able to sell our homes too??? What is my option as a home owner/landlord???

  5. We’re in the same situation as Bob and JD. We moved out of CA to AZ mid 2019 and eventually rented our house in LA, planning to sell it in 2020. With the 2 year “capital gains tax” window we are going to run out of time. Unable to remove our paying tenants before the moratorium ends. Surely there will be some dispensation to landlords trying to sell their property but unable to before incurring capG tax.

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