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COVID-19 Related Moratorium by City

Posted on 16. Mar, 2020 by in Current Events

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Cities across the state have announced moratoria on residential evictions due to those impacted financially by coronavirus.  This information is fluid and will likely be updated several times as more information comes in.  If the city has a relevant news article or the city orders available, the city name will be linked.  If it is not linked, no further information is available at this time.

Friday, March 27, 2020 – Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. [EXECUTIVE ORDER TEXT]

[PRIOR EXECUTIVE ORDER Saturday, March 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom’s  today issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.]

AlamedaWednesday, March 18, 2020, the Alameda City Council passed an urgency ordinance, effective immediately and extending for 60 days, that provides all residential tenants a defense in an eviction proceeding for failure to pay rent (including the tenant’s share of the contract rent for Section 8 tenants) when the tenant is not able to pay rent due to a substantial loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anaheim

Antioch City

Baldwin ParkWednesday, March 18, 2020, under the direction of the Mayor and City Council the Director of Emergency Services ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions citywide for non-payment of rent for tenants affected by corona virus effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

BeneciaSunday, March 22, 2020, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

BerkeleyThe City Council has called an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss tenant protections from eviction, possible financial relief for local businesses and arts organizations, and other pressing issues linked to the impacts of COVID-19 in Berkeley.  [Housing Retention Program]

Beverly HillsTuesday, March 17, 2020, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

BurbankTuesday, March 17, 2020, No property owner or landlord shall evict a residential or commercial tenant in the City of Burbank for non-payment of rent.

Camarillo – Wednesday, March 18, 2020, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Chula Vista

ClearlakeMoratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent during the COVID-19 emergency.

ConcordMarch 19, 2020, the City Council ratified the proclamation of a local emergency and directed staff to move forward with an urgency ordinance imposing a moratorium on certain evictions for failure to pay rent, utilities, late fees or penalties for residential and commercial tenants in the City of Concord who are experiencing a documented substantial decrease in household or business income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. [FLYER]

Contra Costa – Courts closed, all Unlawful Detainer trials halted, lockouts to be rescheduled beginning May 2020

Culver City – Monday, March 16th, City Manager, John M. Nachbar, issued a moratorium that includes a ban on residential evictions.

Davis

El Dorado – Courts closed, all Unlawful Detainer trials halted, moratorium on lockouts in place (no end date available)

El Monte45 day moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Elk GroveWednesday, March 25, 2020, temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent during the COVID-19 emergency.

EmeryvilleThursday, March 19, 2020, temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent during the COVID-19 emergency.

FresnoMoratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent during the COVID-19 emergency.

GlendaleWednesday, March 18, 2020, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by commercial tenantsimpacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Additionally, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, a RENT INCREASE FREEZE has been issued effective immediately. All rents for residential tenants will remain the same rate as of March 24, 2020. The rent increase freeze also applies for rent increases that were noticed prior to this date but have not gone into effect yet.

Goleta

HaywardMarch 22, 2020—The Hayward City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a 90-day moratorium on evictions for failure to pay rent due to the coronavirus pandemic and for no-fault evictions that otherwise would be allowable under the City’s residential rent stabilization ordinance.

Inglewood

Lake – Courts open, Unlawful Detainer trials can still be filed, moratorium on lockouts in place (no end date available)

Los Angeles CitySunday, March 15, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti order that no landlord shall evict a residential tenant in the City of Los Angeles during this local emergency period if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tenants will have up to six months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.

Additionally, on Monday, March 30, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an emergency order to halt any new rent increases on residential units that are subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

Los Angeles County

Marin CountyTuesday, March 24, 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved an emergency resolution to prevent residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ban is in effect countywide in every city, town, and unincorporated area of Marin County and lasts until May 31, 2020, unless extended by the Board of Supervisors.

Moorpark

Monterey County

Nevada County

OaklandEffective March 27, 2020: Temporary moratorium on evictions and rent increases and prohibition of rental late fees resulting from financial impacts related to novel coronavirus during local emergency.

OjaiTuesday, March 17, 2020, Today, the City of Ojai enacted an Executive Order that puts in place a residential eviction moratorium for the City. The order states that no landlord shall evict a residential tenant in Ojai during this local emergency period if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID 19 pandemic. Tenants will have up to 6 months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent, and may use the order as an affirmative defense in an unlawful detainer action.

Orange – Courts open, all Unlawful Detainer trials halted, moratorium on lockouts in place (no end date available)

Oxnard

Palm Springs

Palo Alto

Pasadena

Rancho CucamongaWednesday, March 18, 2020, urgency ordinance establishes a temporary moratorium on the eviction of residential and commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Richmond – Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Director of Emergency Services issued an Order that no landlord shall take action to evict a tenant for certain reasons, including nonpayment of rent due to the financial impact of COVID-19, and other no-fault evictions (Owner Move-In, Withdrawal from the Rental Market (Ellis Act), Substantial Repairs, Temporary Tenancy) unless necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord. [FACT SHEET][3/31/20 NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE: Letter Template for Tenants Facing Financial Hardship due to COVID-19]

SacramentoOn March 17, 2020, the Sacramento City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to establish a temporary moratorium on evicting residential tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). On March 24, 2020, the emergency ordinance was amended to add commercial tenants and to waive late fees. This moratorium will end once the Governor’s Executive Order issued on March 16, 2020 terminates.

San Bernardino

San Diego City

San Diego County

San FranciscoFriday, March 13, Mayor London N. Breed announced a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts caused by COVID-19. The moratorium will prevent any resident from being evicted due to a loss of income related to a business closure, loss of hours or wages, layoffs, or out-of-pocket medical costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor issued this moratorium under the powers of the Local Emergency she declared on February 25th.

San Joaquin County [940 pages ]

San JoseThe San José City Council has enacted a temporary eviction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium is in effect through April 17, and the City Council may extend it.  [NOTIFICATION TO LANDLORD OF EVICTION PROTECTION DUE TO COVID-19]

San Leandro

San Luis Obispo County

San Mateo County

Santa Ana

Santa Barbara City

Santa Barbara Count

Santa Clara County

Santa Cruz County

Santa Monica – Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Santa Monica City Council ratified the City’s emergency moratorium on certain types of notices, terminations of tenancy, and evictions. The City passed the temporary moratorium as a part of its emergency order in response to the pandemic emergency related to the spread of COVID-19, and as a part of the necessary measures taken in order to protect the public health and safety of its residents, workers, and visitors. [3/16/20 Emergency Order]

Simi Valley

Sonoma County

South Pasadena

Stockton – [link is a download]

Thousand Oaks

VallejoWednesday, March 18, 2020, all residential and business evictions based on a tenant’s loss of income or need to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses due to COVID-19 are prohibited

Watsonville

West HollywoodEFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020 TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT RESULTING FROM A FINANCIAL IMPACT DUE TO COVID 19 [City Website]

West SacramentoOn March 18, 2020, the West Sacramento City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on evicting residential and commercial tenants who suffer substantial wage or business losses due to the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This ordinance is an emergency measure that is in effect immediately through at least May 31st. [FAQ] [Delay of Rent Payment Form]

Woodland

Yolo County

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