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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – California’s statewide eviction moratorium expires at 12:01 a.m. Friday removing an extra layer of protection for renters, but there are still some options out there to prevent that from happening.

“A lot of people are going to be in trouble because they didn’t plan for this and now it’s just going to happen all of a sudden on them, and they’re going to have to figure something out,” said Sacramento resident David Valenzuela.

“Landlords are going to start saying, ‘Pay the rent. You’re no longer protected from eviction and we can throw you out on the streets,’” said Sacramento-based attorney Mark Reichel.

There are steps renters can take to stay in their homes after the deadline, such as applying for assistance from the state or speaking with an attorney to fight the eviction.

“It may take a long time, actually, for a landlord to get you evicted,” Reichel explained. “There’s going to be a court process involved but under if you get an application on file with the state, there’s all sorts of resources that can assist you and try to prevent the eviction.”

California has pledged billions of dollars in federal relief money to pay up to 18 months of back-rent for qualifying tenants.

That also includes help for landlords who could get paid by the state for money they lost.

As of Monday, more than 309,000 people applied for a combined total of nearly $3 billion dollars.

“It’s time to start paying rent. I honestly believe that,” said Sacramento resident Art Kitchen. “I’ve been paying mine, and landlords need their money or they’re going to go in the hole.”

Starting Oct. 1, if a landlord seeks to remove a tenant for failure to pay they must first apply for rental assistance before issuing an eviction.