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The Eviction Ban Will End - What Happens Next?

If you’re renting an apartment or a house, you may have benefited from the eviction ban issued by the Centers for Disease Control and/or the State of California.  But remember, the eviction ban did not require landlords to forgive your past due rent; you still owe the back rent.

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The Eviction Ban Will End

As of now, the eviction ban in California will expire at the end of September.  So what happens when you receive a demand from your landlord for the unpaid rent?  The good news is that you may qualify for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.  The Program helps income-eligible households with rent and utilities, both for past due (dating back to April 1, 2020) and future payments.  Both tenants and landlords may apply so if your landlord is demanding past due rent, you should ask if they applied for the Program.  If not, you should do so as soon as possible.  You will need to provide either a copy of your 2020 tax return, a 2020 W2 (or 1099G if you were unemployed), or current pay stubs.  If you are also seeking assistance with unpaid utility bills, you will need to provide copies of invoices issued after April 1, 2020.

Can Unpaid Rent Be Included In A Bankruptcy?

If you don’t qualify for relief, bankruptcy may be an option to consider, especially if you have other past-due bills.  Bankruptcy will allow you to discharge unpaid rent along with other debts like credit cards and medical bills.  But keep in mind, if you choose to discharge the unpaid rent obligation, your landlord will likely seek to evict you once the bankruptcy has been completed.

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At Guenther Miller Law Group, we have been helping people resolve their financial issues for over 35 years.  We have helped thousands of people.  Let us help you.  Please call us today at 831/783-3440 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your bankruptcy options.

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