What Happens if You Can’t Pay Rent During This Covid-19 Pandemic?
There are always reasonable general solutions to follow. Federal, state, and local governments have also enacted a blast of COVID-19 emergency relief acts for tenant protections. Most simply delay the eviction for struggling tenants who can prove a loss of income and have provided that information to the Landlord. Still, some local ordinances entirely ban evictions, although only in certain circumstances, and may require a landlord to offer the tenant a payment plan. None of this protection relieves the tenant of the obligation to pay rent; it just temporarily, in most cases, prevents your landlord from being able to evict you. Late fees and interest will continue to be added to the tenant’s outstanding balance.
Starting at the Federal level, check to see what protections apply to you, if any, then begin to work your way down the list, and usually when you get to the county or city level, the more substantial protection for the tenant will be found.
California Governor orders emergency protections with Executive Orders. On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a California-wide state of emergency that, among other orders impacts rent controls to automatically caps rent increases. Two additional orders also allowed cities and counties to enact their tenant protections (Executive Order on March 16, 2020), and then to extend those protections through September 30, 2020, if they choose to do so (Executive Order took place on June 30, 2020).
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