Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order that allows local governments to continue prohibiting evictions of tenants unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as people who become infected with the virus or anyone who has lost their job because of the governor's stay-at-home order. The order not only prohibits landlords from forcing renters out for nonpayment but also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that they are not able to pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. They will still have make up back rent after the pandemic has passed. This latest extension of the order will run through September 30th.
The Governor's order also covers a variety of other issues in response to the pandemic. For example, adults will still be able to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than having to show up at a government office in-person during the pandemic. The order extends a waiver of re-determinations for Californians who participate in Medi-Cal, so can keep their government subsidized health coverage; suspends face-to-face visits for eligibility for foster care; and permits In-Home Supportive Services program caseworkers to continue caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities through video-conferencing assessments.
The order also extends temporary authorization that lets counties to enroll people into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, allowing for women to claim pregnancy and conditions of eligibility without having to speak to a government official in-person to provide identification and proof.
If you're faced with having to renew your driver's license and identification cards, the order also covers your situation. It extends provisions allowing for mail-in renewals, so you don't have to go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Realtors get a break during the pandemic, as the order extends timeframes related to the payment of real estate license application and renewal fees.