Do I Have to Pay Rent During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Do I Have to Pay Rent During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Do I have to pay rent during the Coronavirus outbreak? Am I excused from paying because I am no longer working? These questions have probably crossed your mind a couple of times these past few days, if not weeks.

In the midst of these hard times and the loss of jobs and income for many, one of the hardest hit groups is tenants, both commercial and residential.  Fortunately, Governor Newsom recently issued an executive order preventing eviction trials from going forward at this point in time.

However, the moratorium on evictions does not mean that tenants do not have to pay rent.  The purpose of the moratoriums is to protect tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus.  Indeed, Governor Newsom’s executive order specifically states: “Nothing in this Order shall relieve a tenant of the obligation to pay rent, nor restrict a landlord’s ability to recover rent due.”  Moreover, those cities and counties that have already issued eviction moratoriums are only temporarily postponing the rental payment obligations.  Tenants will need to eventually pay back the rent owed.  For example, in Los Angeles County, the moratorium is in place until May 31, 2020, and tenants will have up to six months after that date to repay missed rent.  As a result, even though tenants may be protected from evictions during this period, once the situation clears up, landlords will once again be able to evict their tenants for non-payment of rent.  Therefore, if you are a tenant and are able to pay rent, then you should continue to do so.

We understand times are tough, now more than ever. Schorr Law is here to help you, and we will continue to be available for all who need legal assistance. To schedule a consultation, give us a call at (310) 954-1877 or send us a message through our contact form.