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Published on Apr 10, 2020 at 11:06a.m.
California Judicial Council Enacts Emergency Rules: Suspension of Eviction and Foreclosure Matters During COVID-19 Emergency:
Emergency Rule 1:
Courts may no longer issue a summons on a complaint for unlawful detainer (eviction) unless action is necessary to protect public health and safety. No court may enter default or a default judgment in an eviction action unless necessary to protect public health and safety and defendant failed to appear. Further, all current eviction actions are being postponed (continued) for at least 60 days, so that if a defendant has appeared in the unlawful detainer action, the court may not set a trial date earlier than 60 days after a request for trial is made unless the court finds that an earlier trial date is necessary to protect public health and safety.
Furthermore, any trial set in an unlawful detainer proceeding as of April 6, 2020 must be continued at least 60 days from the initial date of trial.
This new rule is to remain in effect until 90 days after the Governor declares the state of emergency lifted or until the rule is amended or repealed by the Judicial Council.
Emergency Rule 2:
Any actions for foreclosure, including any action for a deficiency judgment, are stayed (suspended) unless necessary to protect public health and safety. As a result, any applicable statute of limitation, the time period for which a legal action must be brought, will be tolled or delayed for the time period foreclosure actions are being suspended.
This new rule is also to remain in effect until 90 days after Governor declares the state of emergency lifted, or until the rule is amended or repealed by the Judicial Council.
Other New Emergency Rules that may be of interest to housing providers are the following:
- Statutes of Limitations for Civil Cases of Action Tolled (Emergency Rule 9): The statutes of limitations for civil causes of action have been tolled (delayed) from April 6, 2020, until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency.
- Extensions of time to bring civil actions to trial (Emergency Rule 10): For all civil actions filed on or before April 6, 2020, the time to bring the action to trial is extended by 6 months for a total time of 5 years and 6 months. For all civil actions filed on or before April 6, 2020, if a new trial is granted, the time is extended by 6 months for a total time of 3 years and 6 months.
STATEMENT FROM KEITH KNOX, TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR, REGARDING COVID-19 AND THE APRIL 10 PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE
I understand that this is a very stressful time, especially for those suffering direct effects from this public health crisis, and my office is committed to helping in any way we can. Los Angeles County property owners affected by the COVID-19 virus may have late penalties cancelled if they are unable to pay their property taxes by the April 10 deadline.
We have no authority to extend the April 10 deadline, as outlined by State Law. However, beginning on April 11, the day after property taxes are due, people unable to pay on time for reasons related to COVID-19 may submit a request for penalty cancellation online. The department has set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak.
We encourage all property owners who can pay their taxes on time to do so. This revenue helps keep the government running and providing vital services that the public relies on, especially in times like these.
Since County buildings are currently closed to the public during this emergency, there will be no in-person payments. Instead, taxpayers can pay online, via telephone or by mail.
For online credit/debit card transactions, our card payment processor charges a 2.25 percent service fee.
Taxpayers can also visit https://ttc.lacounty.gov/, to review payment methods and several other online self-service options. Taxpayers may also call (213) 974-2111 for additional information.
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