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Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

March 27, 2020

Press Release:

Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

The order is effective immediately and will apply through May 31, 2020

Builds on the Governor’s previous executive action authorizing local governments to halt 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.

The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in “a timely manner” and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.

Today’s action builds on Governor Newsom’s previous executive order authorizing local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the pandemic.

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and the text of the order can also be found here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anastasia permalink
    March 28, 2020 8:02 am

    This is awful for tenants. They get the short end of the stick from City, State and Feds. Those with the least capacity to pay rent have to pay it all back or be evicted. Tenants have the most to lose in this pandemic: their homes and their lives…no bail outs for them.

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    • Sebra Leaves permalink
      March 28, 2020 2:04 pm

      More battles to fight. At least people have a two month warning. Look at the delivery systems and transportation workers threatening to strike. Things will not easily bounce back to normal, though some damage may be averted.

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