As COVID-19 safety regulations are still in effect, many businesses, families, and individuals are still facing economic hardship. With California’s eviction ban ending on September 1st, the city could possibly be facing a wave of evictions. The temporary moratorium was applicable to residential and retail tenants if loss of income was related to COVID-19 and within the Sacramento city limits. On April 6th, California’s Judicial Council proposed Emergency Rule 1, which halted eviction cases within courts of California. This rule only suppresses the due date, and stops landlords from evictions, but citizens are still obligated to pay that month’s rent.
With many in dire financial straits and resources limited, the community of Sacramento had come together virtually to discuss tenants rights. Sacramento Tenants Union (S.T.U.) is an anti-capitalist, all volunteer grassroots organization against unlawful landlords. S.T.U. hosted an online discussion, giving tenants of the city a platform to converse and build defenses against unjustified evictions.
“Resourcing to the homeless comes 98% from grassroots, volunteers, and community groups. The resources are minimal as it is. I am the president of both Sacramento homeless union and SAC S.O.U.P (Sacramento Solidarity of Unhoused People) which is a coalition of about 200 people who include groups, orgs, medical professionals, students and more,” says housing activist Crystal Sanchez.
“I am also a member of the Sacramento Tenants Union. We are already seeing the wave of evictions and unfortunately what we are seeing is more families and seniors living in vehicles. ACCE is estimating thousands more moving into homelessness. Unemployment is limited, stimulus didn’t even cover most people’s 1 month rent. People are now being evicted and can’t prove they make 3x the rent nor have the money down to move. On the other end, we are seeing people moving back in with parents. The fear is that we are barely able to house any of the unhoused community due to lack of housing and now we will have many more to try and figure it out for,” says Sanchez.
A common major issue many find commonality in is the 3 days notice. Many refer to the 3 days being the time to relocate out of the vicinity, but this is never the case. In California, if the tenant cannot pay rent when due, or violates lease agreement, the landlord must give a 3 day written notice before terminating the tenancy. Some of these cases fall through as landlords may make a mistake during eviction such as improperly serving the notice, or fast to file a lawsuit. For more information and free resources lease visit https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/tenant-privacy?utm_source=nolo-content&utm_medium=nolo&utm_campaign=nolo-related-products.