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California AB 2179 Extends California State Covid-19 Eviction Moratorium For Non Payment of Rent Through July 1, 2022

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Attorney, April 2022 Add to Favorites

AB 2179, effective April 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022, provides a limited extension to California's Covid-19 eviction moratorium for nonpayment of back owed rent due before April 1, 2022. The California state eviction moratorium is limited to evictions based on non payment of rent that became due and owing before April 1, 2022 AND THEN ONLY FOR tenants: (1) whose tenancy began BEFORE October 1, 2021 AND (2) have a pending application with the state rent relief program - Housing is Key. The last day to file an application was March 31, 2022.

Under AB 2179, California’s state wide Covid 19 eviction protections now ONLY APPLY to tenants who have failed to pay their rent owed before April 1, 2022 and have submitted an application for rent relief on or before March 31, 2022. These California state protections are set to end on June 30, 2022.

This recently enacted California state law also prohibits local cities and counties from adopting "new" COVID-19 eviction moratoria before July 1, 2022, as several cities were about to adopt onerous new local eviction moratoriums.

Through June 30, 2022, California courts will only allow an eviction based on nonpayment of rent to proceed if the landlord has attempted to obtain rent relief from Housing is Key and: (1) the tenant failed to apply for rent relief, (2) the tenant's application has been denied, or (3) more than 20 days has passed without any indication that the tenant will cooperate in completing the rent relief application process.

For the period of April 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022, AB 2179 mandates that any ″Three Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit″ served on a residential tenant contain the following additional state notice:

If you completed an application for government rental assistance on or before March 31, 2022, you may have protections against eviction. For information about legal resources that may be available to you, visit″

AB 2179 requires the courts, upon its own motion or upon a motion by a defendant in any eviction case, to dismiss a cause of action for unlawful detainer that is based on a notice that demands payment of COVID-19 recovery period rental debt if the notice does not meet the above requirements.

Please note that all three day notices to pay rent or quit must still be served in compliance with California Civil Code Section 798.56(e) and/or of the California Civil Code 1161(2) and/or (3). Please note that email is not an excepted method of delivery.

NOTE: While C.A.R., AAGLA and other apartment associations have updated their form 3 Day Notices to Pay Rent or Quit to add the mandated California state notice, many local cities require additional language and these forms will not hold up in court if your rental property is subject to a local rent stabilization ordinance, or local tenant protection ordinance.

Please see C.A.R.'s "COVID Rent Bill Extension Summary Sheet (Assembly Bill 2179)" and C.A.R.'s updated Q&A "State Rent Moratorium, The COVID Rental Housing Recovery Act (AB 832) and AB 2179 Extension."

The laws have been changing quite frequently and this article may not reflect current rules. Please do not rely on this article when making legal decisions.

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