In last month’s newsletter, I discussed the CDC’s announcement of a new eviction moratorium through October 3, 2021 following the expiration of the previous moratorium on July 31. Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court ended that moratorium last Thursday, August 26 in a 6-3 decision. In an eight-page opinion, the majority wrote, “[i]t is indisputable that the public has a strong interest in combating the spread of the COVID–19 Delta variant,” adding, “[b]ut our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends.” The Court concluded, "[i]t is up to Congress, not the CDC, to decide whether the public interest merits further action here.”
California renters are still protected from evictions under a 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 protected from eviction from October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. These residents will receive additional time to apply for rent relief if a property owner attempts to evict them. AB-832 also gave many of the California households behind on rent more time to pursue $5.2 billion in federal rent relief money that has been slow to materialize. It also kickstarted 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! We are looking for 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 know an attorney looking for fulfilling work on behalf of deserving clients with one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States, please forward this message to them.
Second, Plaintiff Magazine recently published an article I authored along with Attorney Rachel (Rae) D. Hamilton, Esq. and Chief Operating Officer Nicole Lionetti entitled “Building Your Firm’s Culture in a Remote Environment.” In it, we offer a counterpoint to a recent New York Times guest essay whose thesis was that law firms operating remotely are at a disadvantage, address the ethical and legal challenges presented by working remotely; and discuss the three foundational systems (software, hardware, and accountability) necessary to maintain culture in a remote environment. That article is available here.
Third, we are thrilled to announce the addition of three new team members since our last newsletter. On August 23, we welcomed Attorney Anthony (Tony) E. Castillon-Mendoza, Esq. as Trial Counsel; and on August 24, we welcomed Lucía F. Moya Romero as Executive Assistant and Sharon N. Derrier as Client Outreach Coordinator. An experienced courtroom advocate who has tried a dozen cases to verdict, Tony is responsible for first chairing all the firm’s jury trials. Lucía, who is licensed to practice law in Argentina, is responsible for supporting and assisting the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, Nicole Lionetti, and Managing Attorney, Zoe E. Brown, Esq. Sharon is responsible for overseeing the firm’s outreach to current, former, and prospective clients, cultivating relationships with them and ensuring their satisfaction. Welcome, Tony, Lucía, and Sharon!
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
Founder & CEO
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