California lawmakers pass eviction relief bill amid virus

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers have passed a bill that would temporarily ban evictions for people who have not paid their rent because of the coronavirus.

The bill does not forgive the missed payments.

Landlords can ask a judge to order the tenant to pay it back. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will sign the bill into law.

In April, the Judicial Council of California halted most eviction and foreclosure proceedings during the pandemic.

But those protections are set to end on Wednesday.

The pandemic has devastated California’s economy, causing millions of people to lose their jobs as the government ordered businesses to close to slow the spread of the disease.

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