East Bay landlords sue to overturn COVID eviction bans

A group of East Bay landlords is suing Alameda County and the city of Oakland, hoping to overturn two of California’s strongest remaining eviction bans.

The city and the county, like many others throughout the state, placed a moratorium on most evictions early in the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to prevent people from ending up homeless as the economy floundered and many tenants struggled to pay rent. Now, two years into the pandemic, tenants’ rights groups argue those protections are still just as important as ever. But a collection of landlords, who filed suit this week in federal court, say the eviction bans have outlived their purpose and are

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