The Judicial Council of California this week launched a new webpage with information on California's recent eviction legislation and checklists to guide both tenants and landlords.
The webpage is available to the public and has been distributed to more than 100 self-help centers—staffed by attorneys and others in or near California courthouses—tasked with helping litigants without attorneys navigate their cases. Many courts have launched online self-help services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new state law on evictions allows landlords to pursue residential eviction actions for failure to pay rent or other financial obligations beginning October 5. Among other protections, the law also provides protections for renters who are given a termination notice for failure to pay rent or other financial obligations due between March 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, and who are unable to pay due to COVID-19-related financial distress.
Federal protections in place include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium, and many cities and counties have adopted local ordinances to extend special protections to renters during the COVID-19 emergency.
The webpage can be found at courts.ca.gov/44660.htm
For all statewide emergency actions and orders by county, visit the COVID-19 News Center.