What is the Tenant Relief Act of 2020?
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The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, commonly known as AB 3088, was passed by the California Legislature on Monday, August 31, 2020 and took effect immediately upon signature by the Governor.
AB 3088 provides sweeping new protections from eviction for tenants unable to pay rent and other charges due between March 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 due to circumstances directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also extends the “just cause” protections of the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, commonly known as AB 1482, to all properties through January 31, 2021.
What will be covered?
- New 15-Day notice requirements for non-payment of rent and other charges
- Requirements for tenant declarations of COVID-19 related financial distress
- Conversion of some rental debt to consumer debt
- The tenant duty to pay 25% of rent in order retain evictions protections
- Documentation requirements for high income tenants
- What to do if non-payment is not due to COVID-19 related financial distress
- How to handle other “tenant fault” causes for eviction
- The status of “no fault” evictions
- Additional requirements for properties subject to the federal CARES Act.
- Reopening of the California courts for unlawful detainer actions.
Learn more about how comply with AB 3088 on our compliance resource page.
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Heidi Palutke, Senior Vice President, Compliance and Education, California Apartment Association
Heidi Palutke holds principal responsibility for CAA’s compliance and education programs, including the development of statewide and local compliance forms and materials.
Whitney Prout, Legal and Compliance Counsel, California Apartment Association
Whitney Prout advises CAA’s state and local public affairs teams, develops CAA’s education and compliance materials, assists members on CAA’s Helpline, and represents the interests of CAA members on regulatory issues.
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