Yesterday on CHIPs daily update, it suggests that the State Legislature is going to reconvene on Wednesday to pass a new eviction moratorium. This new law would last until January 15, 2022. It would also comply with the Supreme Court ruling that shut down the last moratorium. This moratorium would include a way for property owners to challenge hardship declarations in court. However, the Legislature has not reached an agreement on this legislation. Once passed we will have more details on how property owners can challenge this in court. The Legislature is also adding $300 million to the Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
In other housing news, are “love letters” a good idea to send to the property owner? With the increase in demand for housing and a lot of families bidding for the same house, one realtor thought it was a good idea for this family to send a detailed letter with pictures to persuade the homeowner in accepting the offer. The Bowser family had been hunting for a house in Los Angeles for a while, even though they offered $200,000 over the asking price, it still wouldn't be enough to get the home. After writing a letter about their dog and how he would be thrilled to run around in a big yard, their offer was accepted. This practice of writing letters has brought a lot of concerns such as discriminations and the fair housing law. Oregon is now the first state to ban such practice. Starting in January real estate agents must reject any communication that could reveal the buyers race, color, religion, sex, family status etc. We all have to do what we think is best for our families right?