A new bill, AB 265 which would allow tenants in an eviction proceeding more time to pay past due rent, will be moving forward to the state assembly for vote. Currently, once a 3 day notice to pay or quit is served on a tenant, the law does not require a landlord to accept full payment on or after the 4th day. A landlord can proceed to court & file an unlawful detainer action. The proposed new law would allow a “right of redemption” where the tenant could pay the late rent and reasonable costs back after the 3 day period. Most states allow a longer period of time for tenants to pay back late rent, usually between 7 to 14 days. Those who argue in favor claim that it’s unfair that homeowners have a longer period to pay late mortgages before being foreclosed on, while those who oppose the new bill claim that landlords would be unfairly burdened. For the full text and status of this bill, cut and paste this link in your browser’s search:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_265&sess=CUR&house=B&author=ammiano