Citing significant delays in the processing of applications and payments, California legislators passed AB 2179 March 31. The then current COVID-19 eviction moratorium was set to expire in full at midnight that evening.
Like its predecessor, AB 2179 maintains the state’s preemption of new, local COVID-19 eviction restrictions (local restrictions enacted prior to August 19, 2020 can be maintained).
Under the bill, which is slated to run through June 30, tenants receive protection against eviction if they have applied for rental assistance on or before March 31, 2021 and are waiting for either payment or approval. Applications must have been received on or before March 31.
Landlords statewide are hopeful that program administrators are able to fully process applications and provide both tenants and landlords the help they need to end the program come June 30.