This past week brought more welcome news for renters across the United States facing eviction due to financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, August 3, President Biden announced a new eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through October 3, 2021. The previous moratorium had expired on July 31.
The August 3, 2021 CDC Order temporarily halts evictions in counties with “with heightened levels of community transmission in order to responds to recent, unexpected developments in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant.” The Order specifically targets areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing and where transmission would be exacerbated by mass evictions. With certain exceptions, a landlord is prohibited from evicting tenants from any residential property in any county or U.S. Territory experiencing substantial or high levels of community transmission of COVID-19.
Fortunately, California renters were already protected from evictions under a more protective statewide eviction moratorium. On June 28, 2021 Governor Newsom signed into law AB-832, which extended through September 30, 2021 the state’s moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tenants who earn 80% or less of the median income in their county and were financially affected by COVID-19 are now protected from eviction for an additional six months: from October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. These residents would receive extra time to apply for rent relief if a property owner attempts to evict them. AB-832 will give many of the estimated 758,000 California households behind on rent more time to pursue $5.2 billion in federal rent relief money that has been slow to materialize. It will also kickstart an ambitious expansion of the state’s rent relief program, aiming to pay 100% of the back rent owed by lower-income tenants. California renters who have not yet availed themselves of the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program should do so immediately.
Tenant Law Group also has several announcements.
First, we are still hiring! While we have filled all positions announced in last month’s newsletter, we are now seeking a California-licensed attorney to prosecute cases on behalf of California tenants. The job description and application instructions are available here. In addition to joining a law firm certified as a Great Place to Work, job perks include 100% remote work (i.e., no commute); monthly reimbursement for use of a home office; full health, dental, and vision benefits after ninety days of fulltime employment; paid vacations, holidays, and sick leave in accordance with state law; and a retirement plan with a mandatory employer contribution after the first calendar year of employment. If you are an attorney looking for fulfilling work on behalf of deserving clients with one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States, we encourage you to apply.
Second, we are thrilled to welcome Rachel (Rae) D. Hamilton, Esq. back to Tenant Law Group. Rae first joined Tenant Law Group in October 2019 as a Law Clerk and rejoined the firm in July 2021 as an Attorney. Rae earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where she won the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence and received an Intellectual Property Certificate. Rae is also a trained mediator, certified by the Sacramento Mediation Center, and a published author whose writings have been published in the Southern Law Journal and Film Matters. In addition to her native English, Rae has limited working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian, and Spanish.
Finally, Tenant Law Group will continue discounting all virtual attorney consultations by $50.00 through September 30, 2021 for tenants throughout California.
Thank you for your continued support of Tenant Law Group. If you or someone you know has been illegally displaced from a rent-controlled apartment; suffered discrimination or harassment in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, genetic information, medical condition, citizenship, primary language, and/or immigration status; or otherwise been harmed by a landlord’s unlawful actions, please call (415) 915-7445 or follow this link to get started.
Eric L. Toscano
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