Taxpayers are bailing out California residents who could not — or did not — pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When state officials implemented strict lockdown measures as the COVID-19 began in the spring 2020, the dominos began falling. People could not work, which meant they couldn't pay their bills.
To alleviate financial burdens, states enacted eviction moratoriums that permitted tenants to remain in their rental homes and apartments despite being unable to pay rent. But this triggered an even bigger issue: What about landlords who depend on their rental properties to generate revenue in order for them to make ends meet?