On August 31, 2020, the State of California legislature enacted, and the Governor signed, Assembly Bill No. 3088 that provides state-wide eviction and foreclosure protections for many residential tenants and property owners suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19. This law, The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which took effect immediately, places specific limits on local ordinances. The residential tenant protections of the County’s eviction moratorium are deemed to have expired on August 31, 2020, and replaced by the state law protections. More information about protections for residential tenants suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19 and how residential tenants can receive the protections of the state law are available from the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). Additional information for tenants, landlords and homeowners are available at DRE.Ca.Gov.
Small Business Tenants
While the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 does not cover commercial tenants, the County’s Eviction Moratorium has been extended through September 30 for eligible small business tenants. Eligible small business tenants have up to six months after the moratorium expires or terminates to repay at least 50% of the past-due rent, and up to 12 months after the moratorium expires or terminates to repay in full the past-due rent. Civil fines and penalties, monetary damages and injunctive relief may be imposed on landlords who seek to retaliate or deny small business tenants of their rights and protections under the ordinance. Updated information will be posted on the Office of Supportive Housing’s Eviction Moratorium web page.