More than one million Californians are behind on their rent.
That’s according to a new report by the Bay Area Equity Atlas and Housing NOW! California.
As of the end of December 2020, three-point-seven-billion-dollars in back rent was owed.
Advocates for both renters and landlords call it a nightmare.
In January 2021, the California Legislature did pass a bill allocating two-point-six-billion-dollars in federal tax funds to partially reimburse property owners and protect renters from eviction during the pandemic.
It pays landlords up to 80-percent of the rent due if they agree to forgive the other 20-percent owed between April 1st of 202 and March 31st of 2021.
If a landlord does not agree to those stipulations, renters are protected from eviction if they pay at least 25-percent of the rent.
Starting July 1st 2021, landlords can go to court to try to recover the rest of the rent they are owed.
Image of a red and white for rent sign that is blank. The sign is posted in front of a home that is being rented out. Part of the home as well as a bush can be seen behind the real estate sign.
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