AB 2179 – Another Eviction Moratorium Extension?

Assembly Bill 2179 was approved by the California Assembly on Monday, March 28. This is what we know about it.

Another eviction moratorium extension

As the deadline for eviction protections looms, California residents are closely following Assembly Bill 2179 (AB 2179), a last-minute legislative effort to extend eviction protections through June 30th, 2022, for tenants facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s delve deeper into what AB 2179 entails and how it impacts both tenants and landlords across the state.

What is AB 2179?

AB 2179 seeks to extend eviction protections to tenants who have already applied for California Rental Assistance but have not received the funds by the impending deadline. With AB 832 set to expire on March 31st, 2022, this new legislation aims to provide relief to individuals and families struggling with rental payments amidst ongoing economic challenges.

Who is Covered Under AB 2179?

It’s important to note that not all tenants are protected under AB 2179. This extension specifically applies to tenants and landlords who have filed for California Rental Assistance on or before March 31st, 2022, and who are facing COVID-19-related rental debt.

Eviction Guidelines Under AB 2179

For landlords wondering about eviction timelines, AB 2179 provides clarity. Tenants who either refuse to apply for rental assistance or fail to qualify due to high income levels despite having rental debt can face eviction as of April 1st, 2022. This provision underscores the importance of cooperation between tenants and landlords in navigating the rental assistance application process.

Impact on Local Eviction Moratoriums

One of the key objectives of AB 2179 is to prevent the activation of local eviction moratoriums come April 1st, 2022. By extending statewide protections and allowing sufficient time for the distribution of rental assistance funds, the bill aims to mitigate the need for additional local interventions. However, it’s essential to note that certain local eviction moratoriums, such as those in the City of Los Angeles, may still remain in effect despite the state-level extension.

Addressing Tenant Cooperation and Qualification

A common concern among landlords is how to proceed if tenants are uncooperative or ineligible for rental assistance. AB 2179 underscores the importance of tenant cooperation in accessing available resources. Landlords are encouraged to engage with tenants and facilitate the application process to avoid potential eviction proceedings.

Landlords whose tenants refused to apply or cooperate to obtain rental assistance can (soon) be eligible for assistance under SB 847, which will provide assistance to landlords whose tenants either refused to apply, cooperate or made too much money to qualify and are owed COVID-19 rental debt.

Tenants and landlords who have yet to apply are encouraged to do so by visiting https://housing.ca.gov/. The last day you can apply is Thursday, March 31st, 2022.

In conclusion, AB 2179 represents a crucial step in extending eviction protections and providing relief to tenants and landlords grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. By offering an extended timeline for rental assistance distribution and clarifying eviction guidelines, the legislation aims to safeguard vulnerable populations while ensuring the stability of the rental housing market. As California continues to navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic, AB 2179 serves as a vital lifeline for those in need of housing assistance.