Eviction Cases Expected to Surge!

Across the nation and the state, Covid-19 eviction moratoriums have expired or are nearing expiration, creating an environment ripe for evictions. Emergency acts put in place at both national and state levels due to Covid-19 prevented landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent as the nation grappled with unforeseen economic and public health challenges.

The first nationwide moratorium was imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 4, 2020. After several extensions of the nationwide eviction moratorium by Congress, the last of which ending on July 31, 2021, the CDC stepped in again to extend the moratorium once more, this time to October 3, 2021. However, on August 26, 2021, the Supreme Court ruled against it. In the states where tenant protections have expired, landlords who had been waiting months to evict past-due tenants are now able to begin the eviction process.

Tenants living in the state of California unable to pay their rent since April 2022 could face eviction when the state moratorium expired on June 30, 2022. Coincidentally, California helped tenants unable to pay their rent due to Covid-19 before the federal government imposed the nationwide moratorium on September 4, 2020. There are many details regarding the nationwide and state moratoriums not covered in this article, but for the sake of time, this is the gist of the nationwide and state Covid-19 eviction moratoriums. Going forward, the expiring moratorium(s) can significantly impact the civil process service industry as the backlog of eviction cases makes its way through the courts.

It should be noted that the information in this article is provided by a registered process server and licensed private investigator in the state of California. This article should not be considered as legal advice. An attorney should be consulted to determine a tenant’s rights in a specific eviction and to determine the best course of action.

Lindon Lilly is with Rhino Investigation and Process Serving. For more information, visit www.lllegalassistance.com, email Info@lllegalassistance.com or call 833-711-3400.