Here’s what’s currently going on with AB 486.
Something interesting happened recently with AB 486, so today I’d like to explain what exactly is going on. In my last video, I talked about how landlords must accept CHAPS and cannot evict tenants for two months after receiving CHAPS money. We’ve filed evictions and asked for mediation to get tenants connected to CHAPS money faster, but we’ve found that many tenants had nearly used all 12 months of their allotted rental assistance. So, some tenants are six months behind and already got 10 months of rental assistance, and now they only qualify for two months.
So, if landlords must accept CHAPS and cannot evict for two months after receiving it, when does the clock start? I’ve asked several judges, the Department of Social Services, and legal counsel, but nobody knows. I read through the CHAPS guidelines and it appears to state you can evict two months after the last date that rent is covered. However, I’m still not sure whether AB 486 changes this.
It’s an example of how legislators take zero time to understand programs, rules, and guidelines before making laws. Essentially, the federal government offered 12 months of assistance but state legislators extended the eviction moratorium beyond what assistance will cover.
I’m going to court on August 9 to see if I can get a judge to make a ruling and interpret the law. I’m doing this to make sure my landlords and I are protected and won’t have any illegal evictions coming our way. I’ll let you know the results as soon as I do.
If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.