Riverside, CA asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Can I be evicted during Covid-19 in California if I've been using rent deferral payments and my lease ends on Aug. 31st?

I've been deferring rent since April after being affected by covid-19. I cannot pay my large balance at this time and I have received this email from my property management:

"At this point we will no longer be accepting rent deferment. In addition, any and all large balances or failed to pay deferment payments, have been advised to by our attorney to send over to legal as of beginning of September.

Please let us know what date you will be vacating your home.

Thank you."

My deferral payment paperwork is signed but has no "pay by date", what actions can and should I take?

Should I try to negotiate a payoff to pay half of my total balance and move out?

Is there any part of law that allows me to stay and not have to pay until I can due to covid-19?

Is it true that the property owner can get tax credits for not evicting us and that they can cash those out at anytime, resulting in me not having to pay until Aug. 2024?

Please help me with any info possible. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you can pay without hurting you, then do it. After the County removes the rent Moratorium then you will be required to pay your next month rent on the first of the month.

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