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California landlords waiting to receive rent-back pay from the state

Southern California landlords are eagerly waiting to receive tenant rent-back payments from the state amid the ongoing eviction moratorium that expires on Sept. 30.

It’s been nearly a month since landlord Carrie Cunningham-Holmes submitted paperwork to the state to receive pay back for her tenant’s unpaid rent in Los Angeles County. While Cunningham-Homes has about ten tenants who are not paying their rent, they need pending money to keep the lights on.

“I am very upset that they still want to extend the moratorium, and [process] Getting money is so slow,” she said. “I’m buying this building, it’s my property, and suddenly the government has made rules for us.”

With many of its tenants not paying rent, Cunningham-Holmes said the amount of rent owed is significant. She said that about 95 percent of tenants in her neighborhood are not paying rent.

“Some people are worse than me,” she said. “Our utility bills are much higher, and they are higher now because people are home… My water bill has doubled, insurance has gone up, gas has gone up.”

While the moratorium is intended to protect low-income tenants, Cunningham-Homes said some of its tenants who are not paying rent have higher incomes.

Dennis Block, an eviction attorney serving Southern California landlords, represents clients with tenants who owe $10,000 to $25,000 in rent. Of all their customers, less than 15 per cent of them have received money from the state to cover past outstanding rent.

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“They’re never going to see this money,” Block told The Epoch Times. “I believe 85 percent of the rent the landlord will never see. This is a government-sanctioned theft of property from landlords.”

At least five times a week, Block receives calls from customers saying that their tenants haven’t paid rent, have bought a new car or are taking expensive tropical vacations.

“The landlords are still forced to pay their property tax,” he said. “They’re still forced to pay for utilities like sewer and water for buildings, and then [they’re] They are also forced to pay for any maintenance and repairs that need to be done, both major and minor. ”

Block said that in many situations, tenants are working and “there is no financial impact.”

“We’ve seen tenants who are on a fixed income, they’re a pensioner, they never worked, so of course, the pandemic never affected them… and these municipalities and the state don’t need any proof.” Not needed,” he said.

Dan Fowler, founder and president of the Apartment Owners Association of California, told The Epoch Times that he believes the eviction moratorium will be extended through the end of the year.

When the eviction moratorium was extended to September 30, Fowler said landlords were furious, as many were losing ownership of their properties.

With many tenants struggling to pay rent, part of a $100 billion California fallback plan is designated $5.2 billion As well as $2 billion for past due utility bills, 100 percent will be provided to cover back-rents.

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Gavin Newsom said, “As the state comes back from the pandemic, we are focused on getting this aid out the door as quickly as possible and across the board to help Californians get back on their feet.” providing assistance.” A statement dated July 14.

“With strong COVID rental protections and the largest rent relief program of any state in the country, we are protecting the millions of struggling Californians who want to keep a roof over their heads or pay next month’s mortgage by 100 percent of the past due and potential Concerned about making by covering. Payment of rent, as well as overdue water and utility bills. ”

Despite the million-dollar plan, Fowler isn’t sure the state will reimburse the money for everyone. Rather, he thinks that reimbursement will only go toward low-income tenants.

“No person should be made to pay 40 to 50 percent of the cost of living of another person,” he said.

While some landlords continue to wait for the promised money, some have no other option but to dig into their personal savings to cover the cost of running their buildings.

The Epoch Times contacted Newsom’s office but did not receive a response by press deadline.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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