Supreme Court Ruling – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 29, refused to lift a ban on evictions for tenants who have failed to pay all or some rent during the coronavirus pandemic. By a 5-4 vote, the court left in place the nationwide moratorium on evictions issued by the CDC. The Alabama Association of REALTORS® had challenged the moratorium. Justice Brett Kavanaughwrote in a concurring opinionthat he voted not to end the eviction program only because it is set to expire on July 31, “and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution” of the funds that Congress appropriated to provide rental assistance to those in need due to the pandemic.
LA & State Eviction Extension – Following L.A. County’s lead, California legislative leaders agreed on June 25 to extend the eviction moratorium until Sept. 30. The state also will cover 100% of the back rent owed by many low-income residents whose finances were hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. In L.A. County, the motion creates a limited carve-out for owner move-ins of single-family homes purchased on or before June 30, 2021. See more details under *By County, below. California Back Rent – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 832 into law Monday, June 28, which allocates additional federal rent relief dollars to the state rental assistance program for housing providers with qualified tenants. AB 832 ensures housing providers receive 100% of back rent, and those who have already received 80% of back rent will receive the remaining 20% automatically. AB 832 also extends the state’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, 2021, while prohibiting cities and counties from adopting stricter eviction moratoria through March 31, 2022. See CVAR Connect for more details about eviction options.
Federal Extension – On Thursday the CDC extended its federal eviction moratorium (previously set to expire on June 30), through July 31, 2021. The agency stated that this latest extension of the moratorium (in place since September 2020) is intended to be the last. The eviction moratorium prevents housing providers from evicting tenants who are unable to pay all or some of their rent due to loss of income or medical expenses, have attempted to obtain rental assistance, earned no more than $99k ($198k for joint filers) in 2020 or does not expect to earn more than that in 2021, is making “best efforts” to make timely partial payments, and eviction would likely render them homeless or force them into a shared living setting. Multifamily property owners with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages who elect for forbearance will also have to comply with tenant protection requirements, until their forbearance period ends.
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California Guidelines – Fully vaccinated people will not be required to wear masks—with a few exceptions—and vaccine verification or a negative COVID-19 test will only be required by the state for a venue to operate under certain, crowded, circumstances. When attending “mega events” that draw more than 5,000 visitors indoors or over 10,000 visitors outdoors, fully vaccinated people must still wear masks. Those events include live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events or other similar settings. (L.A. County is now recommending everyone where a mask indoors in public spaces, as the variant COVID strain spreads.)
However, businesses can still make their own decisions about how to check that customers are vaccinated or not.
California REALTORS® – Vaccinated people are not required to wear masks or physical distance. For showings there are no requirements for cleaning, no posted rules of entry, and no PEADs or any other type of sign in. No one has to agree to an office prevention plan. No one has to attest to their current health status. Mask Rule: Follow CDPH Guidance that says unless everyone is fully vaccinated, people must still wear masks indoors. As a practical matter, this means that: • Masks need not be worn during a showing if everyone is fully vaccinated • But during an open house masks will be required because even if a single unvaccinated person enters an open house, then everyone must be masked.
Revised Forms: The newly revised PRE, BPPP, PEAD, and a new Property Sign-in (PSI) forms, along with the new Listing Addendum LOHA will all be available on zipForm® as soon as possible. In the interim, a PDF of each of these is available here.
CVAR presented a freeC.A.R. Forms Update classwith Attorney-Broker-Prof. Ed Estes on June 21. Click the title for details or to watch the class.
Members may still use the current forms that are on zipForm® if they choose until the new ones are released. In response to new guidance from the CDPH, CRMLS is re-enabling in-person open houses in its MLS systems, effective now. (Sign into CRMLS to see details.)
Fully Vaccinated – The CDC says that masks are not required indoors or out if you’re fully vaccinated, in most cases. “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” according to the CDC website.
Federal Eviction Ban – A federal judge has put on a hold on her ruling that lifted the nationwide eviction ban just six weeks before it was set to expire (on June 30). CVAR will post updates as they are announced. See CVAR’s what to know when the eviction moratorium endsin this week’s CVAR Connect.
CDC Eviction Form – C.A.R. has created a new form to assist property managers in complying with a new federal rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Effective May 3, 2021, the CFPB rule requires attorneys and agents of landlords or owners of residential property (“debt collectors”) to provide written notice to tenants of their rights under the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium. Previously, no notice of the CDC eviction moratorium was required to be given to a tenant. Now, in certain circumstances, it is. More details here.
COBRA is free for six months under the COVID relief bill: Americans who lost a job in the last 18 months are able to stay on or join their former employer’s healthcare plan for free through Sept. 30. (Los Angeles Times)
FEMA Funeral Assistance – If you, your clients or neighbors have suffered a loss due to COVID, FEMAbegan accepting applications last weekto provide financial assistance for the funeral expenses. Also, reimbursements for funeral costs that occurred on or after Jan. 20, 2020 are available, up to $9,000 per funeral. Funeral Scam – FEMA warns that scammers are claiming to register victims for funeral services. FEMA will not contact anyone until they have called FEMA or have applied for assistance. Do not disclose information such as the name, birth date or social security number of any deceased family member to any unsolicited telephone calls or e-mails from anyone claiming to be a federal employee or from FEMA.Click herefor more information.
California Rent Relief Program – If you are struggling financially and seeking assistance for rent and/or utilities for your primary residence, or you’re a landlord check out the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, visitHousingIsKey.com! C.A.R. also providesguides to rental assistance here.
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Compliance: To ensure you and your office are in compliance with the latest state and local coronavirus guidelines,check this state site.
DRE Deadline June 30:
The deadline by which real estate license application and renewal fees need to be paid was extended until June 30, 2021. Continuing education requirements for licensees were also extended through that date. The Executive Order also allows California residents 70 years of age or older to renew their drivers’ licenses by mail.
Los Angeles County – In addition to extending the moratorium to Sept. 30, the latest motion begins to phase out the eviction ban. As a first step, the motion creates a limited carve-out for owner move-ins of single-family homes purchased on or before June 30, 2021. The moratorium is extended to Sept. 30, and includes protections that go beyond current state provisions. Find a more detailed breakdown of them here. L.A. County also recommends that everyone wear a mask indoors in public spaces, due to the new COVID variant spreading in California.
Also, the LA Times gives details:L.A. County extends COVID-19 eviction moratorium through September
LA County Rent Relief – For LA County residents, find information on rent relief atHousingIsKey.com. A California COVID-19 Rent Relief call center is also available for eligibility questions, application assistance, and to provide information on local assistance: 1-833-430-2122 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
Los Angeles LeaseUp – LA County Supervisors passed a motion to create a Residential and Property Support Services Program (RPSS), to compliment PATH’s LeaseUp Program, which identifies available apartments and helps us expand available units for people experiencing homelessness. RPSS will provide property owners with a monthly allowance for property management, repairs, and maintenance, as well as onsite staff, allowing LAHSA and providers the opportunity to secure entire apartment buildings across the County at more affordable rates for individuals leaving the temporary housing of Project Roomkey.More details here.
Riverside County – Appointments are not required for COVID vaccinations in Riverside County. Ages 16 & 17 must be accompanied by an adult. For anappointment, (not required) click hereor call 211 or 951-329-4703.
Riverside County public health officials remind residents that getting tested for coronavirus helps slow the spread of the disease. Vaccinations updates can be found under Vaccination News. Other COVID News.For more Riverside Countyupdates click here.
Rent Relief –Riverside and San Bernardino counties chose Option C, as did five local cities (Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita and Moreno Valley). Residents in Option C jurisdictions can apply for assistance through the state application portal, but must also apply to their local programs.
San Bernardino County – The San Bernardino CountyRent Relief Partnership, an emergency rental assistance program that will leverage more than $46.8 million in federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 funds to provide rental and utility assistance to county residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has teamed up with Inland SoCal 211+ (ISC211) to administer the San Bernardino County RRP, which will provide up to 12 months of rental arrears and/or prospective rent payments, as well as utility arrears and prospective assistance.Click herefor eligibility.
In San Bernardino County, landlords can get 100% of their tenants’ back rent, instead of 80%.
Walk-ins for vaccinations are available at San Bernardino County-operated vaccination sites. Be prepared to register on site, which will include answering health screening questions. Click here for San Bernardino County appointment. Open to everyone 16 and older. Free Shuttle to COVID Appointments – Omnitrans is doing its part to help protect the health and safety of San Bernardino County residents by offering two FREE shuttle services to those with COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Ontario and San Bernardino. For more San Bernardino County newsclick here.
California COVID: The state’s websitewww.COVID19.ca.govwill track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county. Testing continues, for the protection of residents from illness and to get residents back to work.Click here for details.
• CA ShowingBest Practices Guidelines – Updated best practices guidelines are now available on car.org and in zipForm®. We urge you to read these guidelines carefully and to implement them at all times when showing properties. Always defer to the rules governing your local area, as cities and counties may have more stringent restrictions on real estate activity.
• Revised Forms: The newly revised PRE, BPPP, PEAD, and a new Property Sign-in (PSI) forms, along with the new Listing Addendum LOHA will all be available on zipForm® as soon as possible. In the interim (as of May 14, 2021), a PDF of each of these isavailable here.