New Laws Apply to Eviction Cases

State laws on eviction cases were amended during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide protections for residential tenants. The law provided protections for tenants who were given an eviction notice because they were unable to pay their rent or other charges between March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022, due to COVID-19-related financial distress.

The state offered a rental assistance program to pay landlords the rent due during that period for tenants who qualified for the assistance.

More information about rental assistance: https://housing.ca.gov

As of April 1, 2022: 

  • Notice to quit for unpaid rent: 
    • A notice to quit for failure to pay rent or other obligations that came due between September 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, must contain the language in Code of Civil Procedure 1179.03(c)(7).
    • A notice to quit for failure to pay rent or other obligations that came due between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, must contain the language in Code of Civil Procedure 1179.10(b).
  • To obtain a summons: Before the court will issue a summons for a landlord who wants to evict a tenant for failure to pay rent or other obligations that came due between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2022, the landlord must verify that they applied for governmental rental assistance that was not granted, there is no determination pending on an application for rental assistance, or the tenancy began after September 30, 2021. 

    Landlords must use form UD-101, Plaintiff's Mandatory Cover Sheet and Supplemental Allegations—Unlawful Detainer to make this verification.
  • To obtain a judgment: Before the court will issue a judgment or a default judgment for a landlord seeking to evict a tenant for failure to pay rent or other obligations that came due between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2022, the court must find that the landlord applied for governmental rental assistance that was not granted, or the tenancy began after September 30, 2021, or, for cases filed on April 1, 2022 or later, that there is no determination pending on an application for rental assistance.

    Landlords must use form UD-120, Verification by Landlord Regarding Rental Assistance—Unlawful Detainer, if they are requesting a default judgment in their case. This form may also be used at other times during a case, including when requested by the court. 

More information about current eviction laws: https://selfhelp.courts.ca.gov/eviction