The Ordinance prohibits evictions based on nonpayment of rent that became due during the Local Emergency when the tenant suffered a substantial reduction of income or substantial increase of expenses due to COVID-19.
Most evictions are banned during the Local Emergency. Evictions where the tenant poses an imminent threat to the health or safety of other occupants and Ellis Act evictions are exceptions.
Evictions for nonpayment of rent that became due during the Local Emergency
A property owner cannot evict a tenant for failure to pay rent during the Local Emergency if the rent was unpaid due to a substantial loss of income or an increase in expenses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
- the tenant suffered a loss of employment or a reduction in hours;
- the tenant was unable to work because their children were out of school;
- the tenant was unable to work because they were sick with COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who was sick with COVID19; or
- the tenant incurred substantial out of pocket medical expenses.
The tenant is still obligated to pay rent owed during the Local Emergency. The emergency moratorium on evictions does not relieve the tenant of liability for unpaid rent.
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