After the long, dark winter of COVID, rental housing providers can look forward to the expiration of California's moratorium on non-payment of rent evictions. We caution, however, that this will not be a seamless transition. Documentation is specialized, deadlines are unforgiving and procedural requirements must be followed to the letter. Rest assured, Bornstein Law can help you comply with maddening rules and get cash flowing again.
Lawmakers and Governor Newsom have had no appetite to further extend eviction protections past September 30. As Daniel explains in this webinar, we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
From our podcast: how to best manage your property in the age of COVID
In a nutshell - what we want you to do now
First and foremost, apply for state or local rental assistance. Put a finger on dates on when rent became due. If all or a portion of the rent has not been paid between September 1, 2020 through September 30th, 2021, a 15-day notice to demand rent, accompanied by a blank declaration of hardship form is appropriate. If tenants fail to pay 25% of rent debt accrued during this period, an unlawful detainer action (trade word for an eviction) can move forward.
Starting October 1, the way we manage landlord-tenant relationships begins to look like what we once knew it as in a pre-pandemic world. Sort of.
On October 1, tenants are required to pay 100% of the rent due moving forward - not just a portion of it - and for those who don’t pay rent, a special 3-day notice should be served with statutorily required language urging tenants to seek rental assistance and how to apply for it.
Beginning November 1, we can commence a lawsuit in civil courts to recoup COVID-related rent debt. Start preparing your case now.
This is tough stuff and you likely have more questions. Contact the firm built for rental housing providers.