This month has brought more welcome news for California tenants who have suffered financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, June 24, the Biden administration announced an extension of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through July 31, 2021, adding that it will implement a whole-of-government approach to prevent a historic wave of evictions this summer. The moratorium had been set to expire on June 30. Extending the moratorium through the end of July gives state and local governments more time to distribute more than $46 billion in emergency rental assistance.
Then, on Friday, June 25, Governor Newsom and state lawmakers announced that California would extend 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 will be protected from eviction for an additional six months: from October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. These residents would receive extra time to apply for rent relief if a property owner attempts to evict them. The new bill, 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. The program’s success will depend on the state setting up a distribution process to reach those tenants who owe an estimated $3.5 billion statewide. Governor Newsom signed AB-832 into law this past Monday, June 28.
Tenant Law Group has been quite busy this past month as well.
First, we are hiring! We are currently seeking one attorney and two paralegals. Job descriptions and application instructions are available here. 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 looking for fulfilling work with one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States that has been certified as a Great Place to Work, we encourage you to apply.
Second, we are thrilled to announce that M. Eugenia Ruarte Pedaza joined Tenant Law Group on June 29 as Case Manager. She will be the first point of contact for clients with questions about their case, provide regular status updates to firm clients, and work with her team to ensure that client matters are resolved as quickly as possible. Eugenia received her degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Siglo 21 in Córdoba, Argentina, and English diplomas from the University of Cambridge in England. Before joining Tenant Law Group, Eugenia worked in customer service at an international bank and as a general coordinator of a local firm. She speaks native Spanish, fluent English, and intermediate French.
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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