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SB91 – California COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act Extension and Amendment

SUMMARY A.  Effective Date. Senate Bill 91 (“SB91”) was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 29, 2021 and took effect immediately. B.  Extension of the California COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act. SB91 extends the California COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (Assembly Bill 3088) (“CTRA”) through June 30, 2021. Under SB91, the…

February 8, 2021 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

California Court of Appeal Answers Two Important Questions Relating to Unlawful Detainer Actions

In Lee v. Kotyluk, decided January 7, 2021, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, resolved the following two legal issues relating to unlawful detainer (eviction) actions: First, the court considered whether a property owner can file an unlawful detainer action under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1161, subdivision…

January 11, 2021 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

Landlords of Assisted Housing Developments Are Required To Offer Tenants The Option of Having Their Rental Payments Reported to a Credit Reporting Agency

On September 28, 2020, Governor Newsom approved Senate Bill 1157, which adds Section 1954.06 to the California Civil Code. Beginning July 1, 2021, any landlord of an assisted housing development must offer the tenant or tenants obligated on the lease of each unit in that housing development the option of…

December 20, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL COUNCIL EMERGENCY RULES ON EVICTIONS SET TO END AT MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

On March 27, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order giving the Judicial Council of California authority to take necessary action to respond to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council of California adopted emergency rules, including Emergency rule…

August 17, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

Governor of California Issues Eviction Moratorium

On March 27, 2020, the Governor of California issued Executive Order N-37-20. This executive order delays the eviction process for tenants who show that they are unable to pay rent due to the novel corona virus (COVID-19). The executive order is summarized below. I.    Background On March 4, 2020,…

March 31, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

San Francisco Expands Eviction Controls To Cover Residential Units Constructed After June 13, 1979

Effective January 20, 2020, eviction controls under the San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance (“Rent Ordinance”) apply to any residential units constructed after June 13, 1979, and any residential units that have undergone substantial rehabilitation.  The rent limitations and the eviction controls enumerated in the Rent Ordinance previously applied…

February 2, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

California Landlord’s Obligations Related To The United States Census

A common question is what extent landlords are required to comply census takers. A landlord’s obligations relating to a United States Census are governed by 13 United States Code Section 223, which provides as follows:  “Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding…

January 21, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |