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California’s COVID rent relief program could be extended through summer as deadline looms

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Californians facing eviction could get a temporary reprieve under a bill endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Assembly Bill 2179 would extend eviction protections through June 30 for Californians applying for funds from the state’s COVID-19 rent relief program.

Under current law, statewide eviction protections are set to expire on April 1 — just one day after the March 31 deadline for residents to apply for state rent relief.

"Renters, and landlords, have been playing by the rules, and it’s not their fault that they haven’t received rent relief," said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago. "Part of the problem is the overwhelming amount of people who have applied for the program," he said.

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Behind on rent payments? Here’s how to apply for CA relief before March 31 deadline

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Californians behind on their rent payments have until March 31 to apply for the state’s COVID rent relief program, officials announced last week.

The state will help tenants with unpaid rent and utilities owed from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2022. Landlords can also get reimbursed for an eligible renter’s unpaid rent.

Eligible households may get up to 18 months of assistance to cover rent debt accrued during the pandemic.

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