Despite new tenant protections, landlords are pushing out residents who cant pay rent, making some homeless amid Covid-19
When Covid-19 halted Californias economy, state officials promised to prevent evictions and defend tenants rights. But a dozen renters and their attorneys told the Guardian that some landlords are proceeding to expel them from their homes despite the new regulations, indicating there are significant gaps in the protections.
Those tenants include a pregnant woman, a cancer patient, an elderly woman, a mother of six, several newly unemployed low-wage workers and others vulnerable to Covid-19.
Unable to pay rent in April, theyhave faced eviction notices on their doors, police officers attempting to remove them, pressure from property owners to immediately vacate and written demands from landlords spreading falsehoods about the emergency laws. Some tenants said they were moving out as a result, becoming homeless amid a pandemic.