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California State Moratorium on Rental Evictions - August 31, 2020

On August 31, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation shielding renters from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent, effective immediately through February 1, 2021. It also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.

Under the legislation, no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction. Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021, and small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts. Landlords who do not follow the court evictions process will face increased penalties under the Act.

The legislation also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords; provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance; and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action.

More information can be found here, with additional legal and financial protections for renters.

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

The State of California also launched HousingIsKey.com, with protection guidelines, forms, and resources for tenants, landlords, homeowners, and partners

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Contra Costa County Temporary Rent Increase Freeze and Moratorium on Rental Evictions

On July 14, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues an eviction moratorium for residential tenants and small businesses in the County through September 30, 2020. The urgency ordinance also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through September 30, 2020.

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On May 26, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance that continues an eviction moratorium for residential properties and small businesses through July 15, 2020. The urgency ordinance also continues a temporary rent freeze for certain residential properties through July 15, 2020.

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On April 21, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors used its emergency powers under state law to pass a comprehensive eviction protection and temporary rent freeze urgency ordinance for all residential and commercial properties in the County (currently through May 31, but may be extended).

The urgency ordinance temporarily prohibits evictions of residential and commercial real property tenants in Contra Costa County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and establishes a moratorium on rent increases. This law applies to properties in all 19 cities in the County and in all unincorporated areas.

“My colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors are deeply aware of the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on our residents, including the fear of eviction brought on by job losses,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, Board Chair.

“We hope the passage of this ordinance to protect renters against eviction and the freeze on rent increases will give residents and businesses critical time and support as we respond to the emergency and the changing situation.”

“At the same time, we also recognize the impact on landlords. This is not a forgiveness of the rent owed, but a longer period to pay it,” said Supervisor Andersen. “We hope that property owners and their tenants will work together to reach fair and equitable ways to have the owed rent paid.”

For more details on the protections granted to residential and commercial renters, click on the links below.

Click here to read the press release from Contra Costa County

Click here to read the full document, Ordinance No. 2020-14 (PDF)

Click here to read FAQ on the rent freeze and eviction ban

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California State Moratorium on Rental Evictions - March 27, 2020

On March 27, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19, effective immediately through May 31, 2020.

The full text of the order can be found here, with guidelines for renters, including the time frame to notify landlords, and what documentation to keep.

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that evictions will not be conducted during this time period. Residents who have questions can contact Michele in the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Civil Unit at 925-313-4201.