AB 2179 Extends Some California Tenant Eviction Protections

 

AB 2179 extended some California tenant eviction protections through June 2022 and in doing so, has also preempted some parts of local eviction restrictions, including those in LA county having to do with non-payment of rent.

What Does AB 2179 Do?

AB 2179 protects California tenants from eviction if the tenant completed a rental application for COVID-related debt by March 31, 2022. AB 2179 extends these protections through June 30, 2022. If a tenant applied for rent relief by March 31, 2022, those tenants will be protected from eviction while their rental relief application is pending, or up through the end of June 2022.

AB 2179 does not protect tenants who failed to submit a rental relief application by March 31, 2022. Further, new rental relief applications will not be accepted after March 31, 2022.

What About April 2022 Rent and Beyond?

It seems that AB 2179 does not stop a landlord from creating and serving a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit for the April 2022 rent and beyond. Thus, some landlords may want to begin serving non-paying tenants with a 3 day pay or quit notice and demanding only the April 2022 rent (or beyond).

What About LA County?

AB 2179 says that some local eviction restrictions, such as those in LA county, will be preempted by AB 2179. This means the tenant self-certification that I discussed in a prior article will not take effect until at least July 1, 2022. This is overall good news for landlords who are otherwise subject to the LA county eviction moratorium, as the LA county self-certification requirement would have made it more difficult to evict non-paying tenants.

What About LA City?

Landlords who have rental properties within the city of Los Angeles are still out of luck and remain unable to evict non-paying tenants who claim a COVID hardship. AB 2179 does not preempt the LA city eviction moratorium.

AB 2179 Video

Still Have Questions?

Landlords can always schedule a consultation with us to discuss specific questions and situations relating to California landlord/tenant law. You can also read the language of AB 2179 here.

Disclaimer

The information in this article and blog is not meant to be legal advice and is intended for educational purposes only. The laws change frequently and this article may not be updated to reflect current rules. Do not rely on this article when making legal decisions. Consult with legal counsel regarding your particular case before taking any action.

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