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California lawmaker aims to extend pandemic eviction ban through 2021

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Roomates, from right, David Kiddoo, Andy Leigh, and Kim Bagala, pose for a portrait in the backyard of their rented home in Santa Rosa, California, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. (Alvin A.H. Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Extension of federal and state bans on evictions may not be enough says a state lawmaker who proposes the state keep the ban through 2021.

“California is staring down an eviction cliff if we don’t extend it. People still can’t pay their rent,” California Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, told the Business Journal.

The current moratorium expires Feb. 1, 2021. Chiu is concerned much of the state’s population won’t be vaccinated until halfway through 2021 and possibly under shutdown orders. On Dec. 7, he introduced Assembly Bill 15.

In addition to requiring tenants to sign a declaration of “COVID hardship”, AB15 would mandate a tenant to pay a quarter of the monthly rent retroactively from Sept. 1 through next year to avoid eviction. To get the remainder, property will need to sue in small claims courts.
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North Bay property owners, managers fear impact of eviction bans

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Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat
Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat

State and local governments that continue to allow renters in this pandemic era to delay payments are raising concerns among property owners and managers.

Their looming question: If tenants don’t pay their rent to the landlords, how will property owners pay their mortgages?

Some have already answered that question — by selling off properties.

Keith Becker, general manager for DeDe’s Rentals and Property Management of Santa Rosa, said that of 500 tenants Becker’s company rents to, four have stopped paying, negotiating and communicating. Eleven renters are attempting to pay but have fallen short.

The loss of tenant income has resulted in 12 units leaving the rental market. Eight units are on the market, and property owners plan to sell four.

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