(Guest Contributor)

Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders of both the Senate and the Assembly today announced a proposed extension of California’s statewide evictions moratorium, and an increase in compensation for California’s rent relief program.

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AB 832 extends current eviction moratoria through September 30, 2021. Provisions include increasing reimbursement to 100 percent for both rent that is past due and prospective payments for both tenants and landlords.

Governor Gavin Newsom is reportedly happy to be further protecting against  evictions by extending and imposing a continuing ironclad moratorium.

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) said the moratorium extension is key to making sure that more people don’t lose their home.  She seems genuinely confused by current data showing that well-paid unemployed are not seeking re-employment:  “People are trying to find jobs and make ends meet. . . ” Actually, this is not accurate. So well paid are the unemployed they “make ends meet” more successfully by refusing rent and staying home; net benefits well above average employed incomes.  It is not clear if such confusion is  intentionally misleading or just an inept fact-finding effort.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) said the point is to keep no-paying renters in place and pay landlords. Government is allegedly taking care of both sides, courtesy of the federal government’s welfare payments and California taxpayers. This circularity could be avoided if taxes were reduced by the amount of compensation received for rent delinquencies (federal relief or otherwise). There were no comments on this observation.

David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly HCD Committee and past champion of unethically quashing free debate and ignoring promises and commitments, welcomes continued iron-fisted hammering of landlords by forcing physical intrusions without compensation (a governmental taking):   “. . .  hundreds of thousands of Californians are grappling with rental debt and the threat of eviction. Evictions. . .  now. . . would be a disaster. . . this proposal [allows] us to keep tenants in their homes.”

In light of recent positive court rulings to corral the relentless attack on landlord’s interests, further judicial correction of a lawless and sweeping  domination of private property rights is expected both at local and state levels. There were no comments reported regarding the uncompensated conscription of private properties and destruction of vested rights exacerbated by the new proposal, nor the exit of business or population decrease.

See AB 832 for further details.

–Smudge Gritter, guest columnist.

Not the opinion or position of Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C.