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Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill, AB 3088 COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 due to California’s eviction wave. The new bill prohibits landlords from evicting any resident who was unable to pay rent between March 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020, due to financial hardships specifically because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What the bill is proposing is biased towards tenants. 

According to the author of the bill, David Chiu, it is meant to relieve tenants of the hardship  and to provide protections for small landlords. This is just a temporary solution to give the state more time to determine if anything additional needs to be done. 

Many people will be evicted if they cannot come up with their full monthly rent they have missed between March 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020, and have until Feb. 2021 to pay it back to their landlords. 

The eviction wave is going to happen whether we like it or not. It’s just a matter of when. Now? Or in February? When tenants are screwed because they don’t have a way to pay their rent because of COVID-19? 

The bill protects tenants and screws over landlords because that seems fair right? It has protections for tenants, which is great, as it gives them time which is almost all they need, but what about the landlords? So many evictions are going to happen either way. There should be multiple versions of the bill that protect specific things for example: landlords’ mortgage. Landlords should have more time to come up with the mortgage just like how it’s being done for the tenants. 

The unemployment rate is still the highest it has ever been with Donald Trump as president compared to any other president the U.S has had. That being said, people who are unemployed due to the pandemic are getting paid a fair amount, but that does not mean it’s enough for people to come up with, let’s say $40,000, to pay their rent to their landlord by February. Say $40,000 is actually owed, not a lot of people can just come up with that kind of money, let alone pay for other expenses like groceries and gas. What are those people supposed to do?

Yes, the bill is somewhat helpful for tenants. It does give them leverage and much more time to figure out what they need to do in order to get their rent to the landlord on time. 

According to GlobeSt , this new bill does not protect landlords against foreclosure or require banks to provide them forbearance. It requires mortgage servicers to contact borrowers before pursuing foreclosure proceedings in order to provide potential forbearance options. This is not so good for landlords. It would be pretty unfortunate if they didn’t get the rent from their tenants to get their mortgage in on time. Therefore, there needs to be clearer protections for them when it comes to mortgages. 

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