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California governor signs legislation extending tenant protections

State Issues Covid-19 California Tenant Rights Mortgages

State Issues

On January 29, the California governor signed SB 91, which provides relief to tenants and small property owners, and extends the eviction moratorium established under AB 3088 (previously discussed here), which is set to expire at the end of January. Among other things, under SB 91, a housing provider and similar entities are prohibited from using an alleged Covid-19 rental debt as a negative factor for evaluating a prospective housing application. In addition, the bill would prohibit a person from selling or assigning unpaid rental debt or charging or increasing fees related to late payment of Covid-19 rent. The bill also extends other eviction protections to July 1, 2021.