The Judicial Council of California voted last Thursday to end its statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions on September 1. This move gives lawmakers a couple more weeks to figure how to prevent a massive wave of evictions from sweeping across the state. Beginning on September 2, the courts will once again be able to process evictions, although local laws could still prevent delinquent tenants from being displaced. More than 1,600 Californians have already been evicted during the pandemic in spite of the moratorium, and that number is likely a significant undercount. The problem is not limited to California: Nearly one-third of all American renters had unpaid housing bills at the start of August.
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