On March 31, 2020, the City Council unanimously voted to pass a local urgency ordinance that prohibits evictions due to nonpayment of rent in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This ordinance applies to residential and commercial tenants who live or operate businesses in the City who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. The ordinance goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until 30 days following the expiration of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order (N-28-20), which authorizes local governments to impose limitations on evictions caused by COVID-19.
Residential tenants: to qualify for eviction protection under this ordinance, you must notify your landlord in writing of your inability to pay rent before rent is due, or up to 14 days after the due date. As an example: if your rent is due on March 31, you have until April 14 to notify your landlord. You must also be able to provide documentation that documents your inability to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business tenants: to qualify, your business must conduct its business in the City and be able to demonstrate substantial loss of income related to COVID-19.
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