Marin supervisors lengthen COVID eviction moratorium

Marin County residents going through the opportunity of eviction as a result of they have been unable to pay their lease as a result of pandemic acquired one other reprieve this week.

Marin supervisors voted unanimously to undertake a decision Tuesday barring evictions of residential tenants for nonpayment of lease as a result of lack of earnings attributable to COVID-19. State eviction protections are presently scheduled to run out on the finish of this month.

There has been a ban on eviction of Marin renters for nonpayment of lease as a result of COVID-19 because the county imposed its first moratorium on March 24, 2020, quickly after the pandemic hit. Marin’s moratorium was quickly outdated by a sequence of government orders by Gov. Gavin Newsom freezing evictions as a result of nonpayment of lease associated to COVID-19.

Marin’s preliminary ban on evictions utilized not solely to Marin’s unincorporated space but additionally all of its cities and cities.

Marin County Administrator Matthew Hymel mentioned present circumstances wouldn’t justify the county imposing a countywide moratorium.

Marin’s new eviction moratorium applies solely to individuals who reside in unincorporated areas of the county. The county, nevertheless, has despatched copies of its ordinance to the municipalities urging them to observe go well with and two of them – Fairfax and San Rafael – have already executed so. Novato’s council is scheduled to think about its personal ordinance when it meets on June 26.

Marin County nonetheless has over 800 functions for rental help funds which are pending assessment. Of these 474, have been acquired earlier than Jan. 8, the unique deadline for submitting functions. Another 330 functions have been acquired after that date and positioned on a ready listing. The deadline for closing the ready listing was additionally prolonged from March till April 30.

Between state and federal funds, the county’s pandemic rental help program was awarded $36.4 million, of which about $23.9 million has been distributed to 1,260 native households in want. There is a remaining stability of roughly $8.57 million.

Hyacinth Hinojosa, a deputy county administrator overseeing the payout program, mentioned he expects that shall be ample to satisfy the requests of the remaining candidates, together with these on the ready listing. Hinojosa mentioned sometimes about half of candidates fail to qualify. He mentioned there are presently no plans to hunt further rental help funds from the state or federal authorities.

Speaking throughout the public remark interval of Tuesday’s assembly, Lucie Hollingsworth, a senior lawyer at Legal Aid of Marin, mentioned, “We have seen too many tenants lose their housing despite having applied to the rental assistance program.”

Hollingsworth says that since Jan. 1, her workplace has endorsed 60 individuals who have acquired three-day eviction notices as a result of nonpayment of lease and 28 illegal detainer orders have been filed with Marin Superior Court.

Hollingsworth mentioned 19 of the 28 tenants who had illegal detainer orders filed in opposition to them misplaced their housing via self-eviction or as a part of the settlement of the detainer. Hollingsworth mentioned 40 of the shoppers her workplace labored with throughout this era have been Spanish-speaking, 49 had youngsters and 22 have been seniors.

“We need to update our just-cause ordinance now, to require higher relocation payments, longer eviction notices and other tenant anti-placement policies to address the current instability in Marin ‘s rental market,” Hollingsworth advised supervisors.

Judith Bloomberg, a member of the Marin Organizing Committee, mentioned, “Unfortunately, we all know we are not done with the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, it is extremely important to provide stability to the residential renter community in unincorporated Marin.”

Only one individual at Tuesday’s assembly raised issues concerning the moratorium.

“Again what we have is a temporary taking becoming increasingly permanent,” Mill Valley resident Clayton Smith mentioned. “The question it begs is what metrics are there that will ultimately lead to the ending of this intrusion into people’s private property rights.”

No landlords or representatives of property house owners commented throughout the assembly.

Joby Tapia, the newly elected president of the Marin Rental Property Association, mentioned that was seemingly as a result of they’d no thought the supervisors have been considering taking such an motion.

“We got zero notification. None,” Tapia mentioned. “It’s frustrating because they’re happily taking away the rights of the landlords. Contrary to public opinion they’re not all rich, greedy people. There are a lot of mom-and-pop landlords in this county who are actually providing the service of housing.”

Tapia mentioned he’s listening to from landlords that their functions for rental help are being ignored till they threaten their tenants with eviction.

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