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The Ticking Eviction Time Bomb, And What Could Be Done

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As August approaches, so does another rent due date for millions of renters in Southern California. After months of unemployment, many have fallen far behind on rent, but for now, evictions in California are on hold.

Cities and counties have enacted temporary moratoriums, and the state’s court system has basically halted all eviction proceedings until 90 days after the emergency is over.

But it’s not a permanent answer. The reality is many thousands of households won’t be able to keep up when the rent, eventually, comes due.

The fear is of a so-called “eviction tsunami,” that some say the government is not meaningfully attempting to prevent.

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Instead, advocates argue that we should just cancel the rent.

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