Dan Faller, founder and president of the California Apartment Owners Association, said some residents were taking advantage of the moratorium.
“They’re robbing apartment owners, and it’s legal,” Faller told The Epoch Times.
Faller said he was frustrated with tenants use the moratorium as an excuse to avoid paying rental and save money. He gave the example of a young man who told his landlord that he was saving money for a house and that he would not pay rent.
Even knowing that tenants are profiting from the moratorium, landlords cannot evict them, Faller said.
“There is nothing they can do about it,” he said. “He will move when we have the opportunity to kick him out.
“The big landlords have the big buildings; they have enough units to spread it out and they can stay in business. But it is the older couple who own a duplex or a triplex. … They’re saving their money to buy it, and they were counting on their retirement, and now the tenants don’t pay anymore.
Governor Gavin Newsom May 10 ad a plan to reimburse landlords for 100 percent of the rent owed by tenants eligible for rental assistance due to COVID-19[female[feminine. However, over a month later, Faller said the money had not arrived.
In a letter to Newsom on June 17, the Apartment Owners Association advocated for landlord rights, urging the state to exceed rent control regulations.
“Why are our lives being redistributed to others? Faller said in the letter. “We cannot afford to cover the living expenses of another family. We will eventually lose all the savings in our life. We have already lost a large sum that we will never get back. “
The letter was also sent to 25 mayors of the state’s largest cities.
While it is not clear whether cities in Orange County will vote on a moratorium order on emergency evictions, the city of Costa Mesa voted to suspend the moratorium in April.
Costa Mesa City Council voted to revoke the moratorium on April 6, after city manager Lori Ann Farrell Harrison said she heard from homeowners, business owners and landlords end the moratorium.
Harrison said the city was seeing economic improvements at the time and that by removing the moratorium, businesses could receive payments and keep moving forward.
The ordinance was passed and gave tenants 120 days to pay outstanding rents.
California’s eviction moratorium for tenants is set to expire on June 30, but some cities and counties are passing emergency orders to extend it.
the San Francisco On June 7, the supervisory board extended the city and county moratorium on evictions until September. Its ordinance seeks to extend protection for tenants against evictions, non-payment of rent and late fees.
the San Diego The county supervisory board voted on May 4 in favor of rent control regulations and a ban on evictions for all rental units effective June 3 and for a period of 60 days.
Meanwhile, the California Apartment Association (CAA) is leading a grassroots effort to urge lawmakers to reject an extension of the moratorium on evictions.
“Please end this … moratorium on June 30,” a housing provider wrote to lawmakers in a statement. “I have three separate tenants who are working and obviously not affected by the COVID situation but have decided to take advantage of it and have decided not to pay their rents. It must end.