2 Eviction Moratorium Extensions You Should Know About

As the current eviction moratorium is just weeks away from expiring, lawmakers in Sacramento are shuffling to pass one of two bills that would extend AB 3088 beyond its January 31st expiration date.

On Friday, Jan 8th, 2021, Governor Newsome released his 2021-2022 proposed budget for the state of California. In it, he proposes an extension that should be included in the budget which will help both tenants and landlords. His proposal, however, isn’t quite explained how he intends to do so. Instead, he expects that one of the two bills they are trying to fast-track through the Assembly and the Senate would address this.

Assembly Bill 15

AB 15 is one of the two bills currently in the process of becoming law. Assembly Bill 15 would extend on AB 3088. Here are the important takeaways from AB 15.

  • The eviction moratorium would be extended through January 1st, 2022.
  • Would still require tenants to pay 25% of rent due since September 2020.
  • Would still require tenants to provide a declaration, but could now face perjury charges if false claims are made.
  • High income tenants would no longer be required to provide additional documentation unless the landlord provides proof the tenant qualifies as a high income tenant.
  • If passed, instead of collecting overdue rent as of March 1st, 2021, a landlord couldn’t collect until January 1st, 2022.
  • Credit agencies would be prohibited in affecting a tenants credit score in a negative way due to non payment of rent.

Senate Bill 3

SB 3 would also extend AB 3088. Here are some of its important takeaways.

  • The extension would be until March 2021.
  • Would still require tenants to pay 25% of rent due since September 2020.
  • Would still require tenants to provide a declaration, but could now face perjury charges if false claims are made.

Neither bill has the normal time for a bill schedule to be passed by the end of the month. AB 15 seems to be the one that is gaining the most traction by having numerous co-signers along with California mayors showing their support as well.

How do you feel about the new bills being proposed to extend AB 3088? Tell us about it!