COVID-19 Legal Update for Homeowners, Landlords, and Tenants in Southern California

State and local laws and regulations are changing on a nearly daily basis in California in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic. These rapid changes can create uncertainty and lead to misinformation about the rights and duties

of California residents, especially for landlords, tenants, and homeowners. On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 mandating that all individuals in the state remain at home except to maintain operations of 16 critical infrastructures as defined by the federal government. This order has placed a tremendous financial strain on many Californians.

On March 25, 2020, the Department of Business Oversight secured some support from state and national banks to delay foreclosures and evictions for affected homeowners.

On March 27, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order N-37-20 in an attempt to provide some protections for tenants having difficulty paying rent due to COVID-19 and authorizing local governments to provide additional protections.

Local counties such as Los Angeles County have adopted additional measures to halt or delay evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cities have adopted their own protections as well.

On April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council of California adopted new, emergency Rules of Court to delay certain foreclosures and evictions as well.

As the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court stated to the Judicial Council: “We are at this point truly with no guidance in history, law, or precedent, [a]nd to say that there is no playbook is a gross understatement of the situation.”

Our firm understands these unprecedented times and is committed to providing our clients the most up to date legal developments affecting homeowners, landlords, and tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are seeking representation or guidance regarding your rights as a homeowner, landlord, or tenant in California, please contact. We would be glad to guide you through the rapidly changing legal landscape.

Authored by Attorney Jeffrey J. Ogorek

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