However, that amount need only be paid by January 31, 2021. Otherwise, the tenant would be at risk of being evicted for non-payment of rent through an unlawful detainer process, but not before February 1, 2021. After January 31, 2021, and with the exception of the 25% of rent owed from September through January, the landlord will not be able to base an unlawful detainer action on a demand for payment of rent that came due during any time between March 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021.
When a tenant has not paid rent for any period between March 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 ("Rent Relief Law") will allow most residential tenants to remain in the rental property through January of 2021 as long as the tenant makes a declaration under penalty of perjury that they are unable to pay their rent or meet other financial obligations because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rent Relief Law temporarily requires all residential landlords in California to comply with the just cause eviction procedures of The Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482) in order to find a tenant guilty of unlawful detainer on or after March 1, 2020 and before February 1, 2021. This is the case, even when the property would otherwise be exempt under AB 1482. However, an owner of a single-family property or condo can terminate a tenancy when they are in contract to sell the property to a buyer who will take occupancy.