Covid-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

On August 31, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law emergency legislation which protects all residential tenants in California who have experienced COVID-19-related financial distress from being evicted for failing to make rental payments due between March 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. The law is known as the “COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020” [AB 3088] and it takes effect immediately.

 

The new law requires landlords to provide notice, on or before September 30, 2020, in at least 12-point font, to tenants who have not paid one or more rental payments that became due between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 (i.e., during the protected period). The language of this new notice is set forth in newly enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 1179.04.

 

Landlords may provide the required notice in the same manner nonpayment of rent notices are served (i.e., as prescribed by Code of Civil Procedure Section 1162) or by mail.

 

A landlord may not serve a nonpayment of rent notice before the landlord has provided this new notice. But, the new notice may be provided to a tenant concurrently with a nonpayment of rent notice that is served on or before September 30, 2020.

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