Eviction Moratorium – What’s Happening In Phoenix And Las Vegas?

Since March 2020, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the rental market nationwide because millions of people who once were working were forced to “shelter in place”, or they lost their jobs are unable to work.

In response to the pandemic, many cities including San Diego, approved eviction moratoriums.

We know that San Diego’s eviction moratorium has been extended until July 28th, the big question is what about Phoenix and Las Vegas? Will their eviction moratoriums be extended too?

In this article, we will provide you with information on the eviction moratoriums for Phoenix, Las Vegas, and also information we can expect from both cities in the coming months.

Nevada’s Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 30th

As of today, we know that the State of Nevada’s eviction moratorium has been extended until June 30th, essentially mirroring what’s happening with the city of San Diego.

The Attorney General for Nevada, Aaron D. Ford has stated that it’s his goal to help people stay in their homes and prevent landlords from evicting tenants who may be unable to pay their rents.

Thankfully, the eviction moratorium is working, but tenants who are unable to pay their rents are encouraged to reach out to their landlords to discuss payment arrangements so that landlords can have at least a portion of their tenant’s rents that due and avoid having their rental properties go into foreclosure.

Could we see an extension to the Nevada eviction moratorium? The answer to this question is it’s anyone’s guess. Since more tenant’s groups across the country are putting pressure on landlords to stop evictions, we may likely see another eviction moratorium extension at least through the summer months to avoid a wave of evictions.

Phoenix Eviction Moratorium Extended Until July 23rd

Arizona residents who have been dealing with financial hardship due to COVID-19 can take heart that the eviction moratorium is extended until July 23rd.

Even though the eviction moratorium in Arizona is extended until July 23rd, the reality is that the burden of proof is one the tenant to prove that they have an economic hardship due to COVID-19.

If a tenant in Arizona cannot prove economic hardship due to COVID-19, the court can still move forward with evicting them for nonpayment, and law enforcement can also remove a tenant for nonpayment of their rent or breach of contract.

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Ventura Lawyer Stops Governor Newsom Eviction Moratorium from Extending Past 7/28

Landlords in California got some good news this week when Doug Michie, a lawyer based in Ventura CA, revealed that he filed a complaint on May 8th in the Third District Court of California against Governor Newsom’s eviction order which bans evictions of tenants from being evicted during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In his complaint, Michie quotes the U.S. Constitution as being the basis for why the eviction moratorium cannot be allowed to legally be extended.

“No State shall … pass any … law impairing the Obligation of Contracts” (Article 1, Section10, US Constitution) …” Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation” and…Violations of Substantive Due Process (5th Amendment US Constitution).

Unless Governor Newsom, or lawmakers in California, try further legal maneuvering, the State-wide eviction moratorium is not allowed to be extended past the July 28th deadline. This means that landlords after July 28th, (unless there is an eviction moratorium in the city where their properties are located), can legally start the eviction process against a tenant who has been living in their rental property since the moratorium began without paying any rent.

Complaint Will Help Landlords State-wide

Although Doug Michie filed the complaint on behalf of his wife, a landlord in the Bay Area who owns several rental properties, it will ultimately help landlords across California who are concerned about not earning income from their rental properties since March.

What’s even better about the complaint is that it also effectively stops the governor from extending the eviction moratorium an additional 90 days following the July 28th deadline.

Even though many tenants in California have been working hard to pay their landlords some money during the coronavirus crisis, there are scores of tenants across the state that have taken advantage of the eviction moratorium and have not paid their landlords any money at all.

More Than $ 1 Billion Dollars in Rent Lost Since the Start of Coronavirus

Even though most media outlets positively cover the efforts to stop rent collection across the state of California, the reality is that since March 2020, more than $1 billion dollars has been lost since rent has not been collected.

Yes, there is language in place which says that tenants must pay back the rent that they owe their landlords but the reality is that with the current shape of the economy in California, and the highest unemployment rate in decades, it’s unlikely that landlords in here will ever be able to collect any of the money that’s owed them once things start getting back to normal.

Another thing that’s not mentioned in the media is that most “mom and pop” landlords rely upon income from their rental properties to fund their retirements. If those landlords have not been collecting any rent since March, they’ve had to fight to survive financially just like everybody else even though the media thinks that landlords can essentially “take it one the chin” and survive several more months without collecting rent.

Hope is on the horizon for landlords in California and with the complaint filed by Doug Michie, along with possible class-action lawsuits filed against the state, for recovery of compensable losses, it’s likely landlords can now start getting back on track financially.

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San Diego’s Eviction Moratorium Extended June 30th, 2020

The City of San Diego extended its eviction moratorium through June 30th, 2020, to protect renters and businesses who have been impacted by Coronavirus, citywide lockdown and the closure of essential stores during the Pandemic.

This move reflects similar legislation nationwide as other cities and states have extended their eviction moratoriums through June 30th and even farther into summer.

Financial Aid To Tenants And Landlords Is Still Being Considered

There’s no doubt that both tenants and landlords in California are struggling right now as Coronavirus has impacted just about everyone from all walks of life.

Thankfully, as the City of San Diego continues returning to “business as normal,” the city is doing everything it can to help landlords and tenants following Coronavirus but significant challenges life ahead.

With an unemployment rate in California, that’s close to 20%, one of the biggest challenges is for the city and state to help people who have been unemployed for the last three months get back to work while also assisting landlords with financing so that they can avoid mortgage default on their rental properties.

Sadly, as San Diego city council member Scott Sherman recently said, an eviction moratorium extension only “kicks the can” down the road, or delays evictions, as renters continue stacking up debt with their landlords due to back rent that they may be unable to pay.

Coronavirus Highlights The Importance Of Owners And Tenants Working Together

Even though the Coronavirus Pandemic and the following eviction moratorium have been worse case scenarios for the City of San Diego, the good news is that during May, or month #2 of the lockdown, roughly 82% of renters in the San Diego area paid their contractual rents.

The percentage of tenants who paid their rents in May could be due to final stimulus payments, unemployment, and other benefits kicking in. As we enter the month of June, there’s hope that we will see similar statistics from renters.

Owners and tenants have been making the best out of a bad situation by working together during coronavirus, and this explains why the rental market in San Diego isn’t as bad as many people thought it would be.

What Happens After June 30th?

What’s going to happen after June 30th? The answer to the question is, it’s anyone’s guess. Still, the reality is that because the City of San Diego faces a possible “epic wave” of evictions, if the moratorium isn’t extended well past June 30th so it’s like that we may see another extension in the weeks ahead.

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To learn more about what’s happening with the rental market in San Diego, CA, or to speak with us about our property management services, contact us today by calling (866) 545-5303 or connect with us online by clicking here.