California Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are facing an 18-day deadline to approve a plan that will keep tenants housed during the crown virus crisis after the Judiciary Council announced Thursday that it would allow courts to resume cases and foreclosure cases on Sept. 2.
The Council did not vote until April to temporarily suspend deportation and foreclosure due to the pandemic. After delaying the vote in June to end the moratorium, the Council decided in a 19-1 vote this week to expire at the beginning of next month.
State Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a statement that the responsibility for providing security for millions of California tenants should now be determined by the legislature and Newsom.
“I promised the governor that we would take this responsibility with the utmost care,”
Lawmakers are discussing two proposals to avoid an “eviction tsunami” that advocates warnings California will face if Newsom fails to sign a law protecting tenants.
Senate Bill 1410, a democratic plan for the state to adopt unpaid rent and allow tenants to repay missed checks for 10 years from 2024, is now in the House. In exchange for agreeing not to hold out their tenants, landlords would receive future tax credits.
The parish has its own more immediate plan with the parish proposal 1436. That proposal would ban drafts and certain foreclosures at the end of the coronavirus situation, plus three months, or between 4 March 2020 and April 2021, whichever comes first.
The legislative session ends on 31 August.
“I am grateful that the Judiciary Council is waiting for our Legislative Session to end its order,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, in a statement on Thursday. “This gives us the necessary time to present a bill to prevent drafts and foreclosures without a gap in protection.”
Nearly 1 million tenants who have experienced job losses during the pandemic, according to a new study from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley and advocates warn California’s most vulnerable residents could soon be evicted from the streets.
About 411,000 households were already “rented” for the pandemic, which means that they spent at least 30% of their income on housing. Another 239,200 households were added to the list since March, the study states.
Newsom at a news conference on Wednesday declined to give details of negotiations he had with lawmakers, but said he was determined to sign economic recovery initiatives being worked on in the Capitol.
“We only have a couple of weeks left … during this legislative session,” Newsom said. “We have to get to work. We need to roll up our sleeves now and get this package over the finish line. “