We discussed the City of San Diego’s eviction moratorium in last month’s newsletter. As promised, we have kept up with the latest news and learned the City Council voted to extend the eviction moratorium through September 30. This extension is longer than the previous 30 day extension and likely is the result of increasing COVID-19 numbers and the decisions to shut certain businesses back down. The newly extended moratorium will work the same way as before, requiring tenants to provide written notice to their landlords prior to the date rent is due and within one week of providing such notice, provide supporting documentation. More information about this moratorium can be found here.

In conjunction with this extension, the City Council also approved a $15.1 million rent relief program. This program is aimed to assist those affected the most by COVID-19 and the government’s response to the pandemic. Once it receives final approval, this plan intends to award up to $4,000 to certain households meeting the criteria set out. The monies will be paid straight to landlords.

This rent relief program comes as a welcome reprieve to tenants and landlords alike who have been unable to either pay or collect rent due to layoffs and business closures. Some sources suggest the program will only be able to help about 3,500 households, given its current size. Landlords whose tenants have been unable to pay rent during the last few months may want to approach their tenants about applying for this lottery-style program. If you have any questions about this program or process, contact the attorneys at Navigato & Battin.