SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Thursday that extends authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30.
The order extends protections against price gouging for emergency supplies and medical supplies during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.READ MORE: Will Vaccine Hesitancy Impact Herd Immunity In California? California Lifts Attendance Limits On Houses Of Worship In Wake Of High Court Ruling
In January, California lawmakers agreed to use $2.6 billion in federal stimulus money to pay off up to 80% of some tenants’ unpaid rent — but only if landlords agree to forgive the rest of their debt.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
The legislation, which Gov. Gavin Newsom helped negotiate, was the state’s first major attempt to clear unpaid rents that have piled up during the pandemic as millions of people lost their jobs because of government-ordered business closures.