Negotiations surrounding an extension of the state’s eviction moratorium are approaching the do-or-die point with little more than a week left to find a solution for renters and landlords alike.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are trying to reach an agreement by Jan. 31, when the current eviction ban expires. Without an extension, throngs of vulnerable renters could be thrown out of their homes during a pandemic and likely further exacerbate the state’s homeless crisis.
“Californians are staring down a very dark eviction cliff if we don’t extend the eviction moratorium,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, who proposed legislation to extend the moratorium until the end of the year.
At stake are between 240,000 and 700,000 California households at risk of eviction for failing to pay rent. The lower estimate comes from a recent collaboration between the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, while the higher estimate came from research earlier in the pandemic from the University of California, Berkeley.
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