The Rent is Due: Tenant Protections and the COVID-19 Outbreak

Tenant protections are a core part of RAMP’s work to promote stable and healthy housing, and the coronavirus outbreak has only reinforced the importance of such protections. As the outbreak expanded, we were proud to support a call for a statewide moratorium on rent increases and evictions.  But we know these policies are only temporary.  We still need long-term solutions to prevent mass evictions once the moratorium ends.  Follow our partner, Tenants Together, to see the latest statewide efforts to protect tenants from losing their housing due to the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.

In partnership with Health Leads’ Bay Area Healthcare for Healthy Communities Learning Initiative (BALI), we also hosted a presentation on tenant protections. As you can see from this recording from early April, Madeline Howard from Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP) provided an update on new-in-2020 tenant protection laws, as well as some COVID-specific tenant protection policies. Shortly after this recording, the Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the California court system, issued new rules on evictions and foreclosures that effectively suspend nearly all evictions across the state. This additional video​ from WCLP and BALI covers COVID-related policies that are current as of 5/5/2020.