Existing law governs the hiring of residential dwelling units and requires a landlord to provide specified notice to tenants prior to an increase in rent. Existing law, until January 1, 2030, prohibits an owner of residential real property from, over the course of any 12-month period, increasing the gross rental rate for a dwelling unit more than 5% plus the change in the cost of living, as defined, or 10%, whichever is lower, of the lowest gross rental rate charged for the immediately preceding 12 months, subject to specified conditions. This bill would establish the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, to be administered by the Director of Housing and Community Development. The bill would deem a household eligible for rental assistance payments under the program if the household demonstrates an inability to pay all or any part of the household's rent due between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, due to COVID-19 or a response to COVID-19, as specified, and the owner of the dwelling unit consents to participate in the program. The bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a process for an administering entity, as defined, to confirm whether a household demonstrates an inability to pay rent, as provided, and develop a process to obtain the owner's consent to participate in the program. The bill would require each payment to an owner under the program to equal at least 80% of the amount of rent owed by the household to the owner. The bill would prohibit the rental assistance provided by the program from covering more than 7 months of a household's missed or insufficient rent payments. The bill would exempt any guidelines or policies that the department adopts to implement the program from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act. This bill would prohibit an owner who participates in the program from increasing the gross rental rate for the dwelling unit between the date the owner consents to participate in the program and December 31, 2020, and would prohibit an owner from charging or attempting to collect a late fee for any rent payment due between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. The bill would require an owner who participates in the program to accept a payment provided under the program as full payment of the missed or insufficient rent payments, as specified. This bill would create the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund in the State Treasury, and upon appropriation by the Legislature, make the moneys in the fund available to the department for purposes of the program. The bill would provide that the program be implemented only to the extent that funding is made available through the Budget Act. The bill would specify that it is the intent of the legislature to prioritize the use of available federal funds before using General Fund moneys for the program. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HOUSING.
Set for hearing May 27.
Withdrawn from committee.
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.
From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25.
Read first time.
Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/21/20 - Introduced|
|04/30/20 - Amended Senate|
|05/18/20 - Amended Senate|
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