Congress did not pass any new legislation and, in fact, its initial moratorium expired in July 2020. After that point, the extensions were directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which claimed it was authorized by a 1944 law to mandate that people stay in their homes so that they would not be put into situations where they might become infected with and spread COVID-19.
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Here We Go Again
It may be 2020 but it’s starting to feel like 2018 all over again. A big election is looming and tenant advocates are once again bringing a rent control measure to the California ballot.
After weeks of remaining sheltered in place, May seems to be the month that all of our hard work staying home pays off. Many local and state governments seem to feel confident enough that the peak has passed to begin slowly reopening some nonessential businesses. From construction to real estate, many of the vendors property owners rely on should be returning to work this month, albeit with precautionary measures in place.
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2019, it’s only natural to look ahead. In addition to what is sure to be a heated national political season in 2020, there are several statewide measures in California to keep an eye on, including a possible overhaul of Prop. 13 and another proposition that would allow municipalities to extend rent control to most units that are at least 15 years old.