Legislative Update - July 30, 2020

Legislative Updates,

Small Victory Against Rent Repayment Deadline Could Lead to Larger Win

Thanks to your grassroots efforts over the last few days, the San Diego City Council did not extend the eviction moratorium rent repayment date through March 2021. Councilmember Jennifer Campbell asked Councilmember Gomez to amend her motion to extend the repayment period only through December of 2020. While better, the real victory was that motion was approved on a 5-4 vote, meaning the proposal has to come back for a second reading, and can also be vetoed by the Mayor. The SCRHA is also exploring other options including potential legal action. The City Attorney’s office yesterday at the hearing stated that they believe their ordinance is defensible. However, when asked about the conflict with Code of Civil Procedure which only allows unlawful detainers for rent due within the previous year, they did not have an answer. SCRHA will continue to fight for your rights and your ability to provide housing. Look for updates in the coming weeks.

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Chula Vista Extends Eviction Moratorium Through August

Yesterday evening the Chula Vista City Council extended their eviction moratorium through August 31. Like many other cities, councilmembers cited a need because unemployment benefits have expired.

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Judicial Council Chief Justice Seeks to Lift Eviction Ban

The court rules effectively banning all evictions throughout the state may be lifted as soon as August 14 according to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye who is seeking a vote of the Judicial Council very soon. SCRHA is hopeful this comes to fruition as many rental properties and their residents are suffering as a result of these rules which allow problematic, and sometimes dangerous, tenants to remain in their rentals.

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Topics: advocacy, Southern California Rental Housing Association, rental owners, property management