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San Francisco’s Eviction “Tsunami” Begins in Today

Backlogged eviction cases dating before COVID begin today as local courts start hearing cases
By - posted 9/21/2020 No Comment

Thanks to 48 Hills for letting us know that local courts will start to hear eviction cases today (Monday, September 21st).

Although the state of California does not yet allow people to be evicted for nonpayment of rent due to COVID, there are many other grounds that landlords can use to evict tenants.

No tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines.

Related: Evictions Now Banned Thru Jan. 31… But Only if You Pay 25% of Rent – 9/1/20

But there other grounds that landlords can used to evict tenants including cases that back to pre-COVID era or cases that have been delayed. These trials were delayed, in most cases, because courts couldn’t hold jury trials.

But now the courts are open for eviction cases starting today. Many still won’t be heard, many cases are still far off, and the sheriff’s office hasn’t begun any eviction proceedings, but but the process today took its first step foward.

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