82% Of Southern California Renters Paid Their Rent On Time In June 2020

Thanks to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and a report from the Daily Bulletin, we know that eight of every 10 tenants in Southern California paid their rent on time during June.

In their “pulse survey”, the Census Bureau survey showed that just 5% of tenants indicated that their rent was deferred.

Federal aid, like the recent stimulus checks, have enabled most tenants in Southern California to stay on track with their rent payments while others have benefitted from the eviction ban and have been able to defer paying their rent now for months.

What’s Comes Next For The Southern California Rental Market?

With the $600 per week in Federal unemployment benefits from the CARES act potentially coming to an end this month, it’s possible that the loss of those benefits, combined with an end to the eviction moratorium on September 30th, could bring a wave of evictions this fall unless more is done to help renters.

As of July 23rd, 2020, lawmakers in Washington are in negotiations for more stimulus aid which could potentially include an extension of the CARES Act unemployment benefits but that extension could be less than the $600 per week that people are receiving now.

Under the CARES Act, renters are protected from eviction until July 25th, 2020. Unless the CARES Act eviction moratorium is extended, tenants in California will only have until September 30th to avoid eviction because that’s when the statewide eviction moratorium is set for expiration.

What About Landlords?

Landlords also need financial help because, for those landlords in California that have been unable to collect rent since March, this represents a loss in rent totaling more than $1 billion.

So far, lawmakers in California have proposed a variety of bills that are aimed at helping the rental market get back on track including a bill that would potentially give tenants until 2034 to repay rent while encouraging some owners to forgive back rent in favor of tax deductions.

Sadly, what’s often lost in the discussion is the impact of Coronavirus on smaller “mom and pop” landlords, many of which who have been unable to collect rent from their tenants in months. Those smaller landlords can’t just walk forgive rent when they are already walking a financial tightrope, using their savings or retirement funds just to cover their mortgages.

It’s more likely that the State of California could propose an eviction relief plan which encourages landlords and tenants to enter it voluntarily, creating a favorable payment plan that tenants could use to get their rent payments back on track.

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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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