Pre-COVID evictions, on hold since March, resuming in San Bernardino County – Daily News

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Evictions resumed this month in San Bernardino County, with sheriff’s deputies processing move-out orders pending from before the coronavirus emergency started in mid-March, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

That means two counties in Southern California have resumed efforts to whittle eviction backlogs. Orange County began evicting tenants at the start of June.

Los Angeles and Riverside counties still have all evictions on hold, sheriffs spokespeople told the Southern California News Group.

Evictions have been on hold throughout California since the state Judicial Council issued a ban on courts processing “unlawful detainer” cases and foreclosures until 90 days after the governor lifts the current state of emergency.

But Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties had a backlog of 1,433 move-out judgments that predated the emergency. Riverside County had cleared its backlog by March 17 and has not done any evictions since, the sheriff’s Media Information Bureau reported.

Orange County resumed processing 180 pre-COVID-19 eviction orders around June 1.

San Bernardino County deputies resumed serving notices to vacate June 10 and conducted at least 32 “lockouts” last week, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

“We are only proceeding with pre-COVID-19 lockouts,” Miller said in an email. “Now that the courts are open and hearing civil cases, we are continuing to serve all writ processes.”

San Bernardino County had 257 pre-COVID cases pending against renters or homeowners who lost their properties in foreclosure.

One foreclosed homeowner told SCNG sheriff’s deputies gave him a reprieve from moving out last week because a granddaughter living with his family was diagnosed with COVID-19.

A tenants’ rights advocate criticized Orange County last month for resuming evictions, saying tenants shouldn’t be put out on the street while the coronavirus pandemic is underway.

But landlord groups have said some smaller property owners are being burdened by tenants with pre-COVID eviction orders who aren’t paying their rent.



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