COVID-19 Emergency Latest Updates

July 2020

June 30, 2020, Governor Newsom extended the timeframe for the protections set forth in Executive Order N-28-20, that authorized local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30, 2020.

Office of the Governor website

July 10, 2020

City of PasadenaEmergency Rental Assistance Program
This program is available to renters residing in Pasadena, who have a current lease, and have notified their landlords of their inability to pay due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. To see if you are eligible please review the ERA Program Guidelines in the link below.

Questions? Call the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at 626-744-7311

Guidelines

City of GlendaleEmergency Rental Assistance Program

This program is available to renters residing in Glendale, who have a current lease, and have notified their landlords of their inability to pay due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. To see if you are eligible please review the ERA Program Guidelines in the link below.

Guidelines

Online applications will be accepted only during the window period from July 15, 2020 to July 29, 2020 on this webpage.  This program is NOT 1st come 1st served.  This is NOT a Section 8 program. Each application will be scored and ranked based on household data submitted in the application.  We expect to serve over 225 households as funding permits.  The highest ranking applications will be contacted after the application window closes.

June 1, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom extended the executive order issued in March that allowed local governments to enact COVID-19 eviction moratoriums. The statewide order was pushed back through July 28, and applies to any local orders that were set to expire as well.

The state Judicial Council’s rule on evictions also remains in effect, which bars most new evictions and stalls previously filed evictions still winding their way through the courts.


CAL/OSHA Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols for Shown Properties

• Thoroughly clean shown properties and disinfect commonly used surfaces including counters, door and cabinet handles, key lock boxes, keypads, toilets, sinks, light switches, etc. These surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each showing.

• During a showing, introduce fresh outside air, for example by opening doors/windows, weather permitting, and operating ventilation systems.

• Instruct employees to wipe down and disinfect equipment that passes between employees and customers, including clipboards and keys, after each use.

• Provide time for workers to implement cleaning practices at shown properties during their shift. Cleaning assignments should be assigned during working hours as part of the employee’s job duties.

• Real estate licensees should ensure shown properties are equipped with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for use by employees and clients as needed.

• Provide and strongly recommend clients, real estate licensees, and inspectors to use face coverings and hand sanitizer. Place these items at the property entrance so that people can put them on before entering. Ensure disposable covers are properly discarded after use, for example in a trash bag that is sealed prior to disposal.

• All people entering a property, including agents, brokers, inspectors, and clients, must wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer immediately upon entry and before touring or inspecting the property.

• Adjust or modify showings to provide adequate time for proper cleaning and disinfecting. If the property is currently occupied, ensure adequate time to disinfect after occupants leave for showings and before and after clients view the property.

COVID-19INDUSTRYGUIDANCE:Real Estate Transactions

California State Eviction Moratorium
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order on March 16, 2020 which allows local jurisdictions to enact eviction protection, as a result of a tenant’s medical expenses, loss of wages, layoffs or reduction of hours relating to COVID-19. Please see below for info and links to specific cities ordinances.

California Governor Newsom issued a second executive order on March 27, 2020, which took a more direct approach by mandating statewide protections for residents financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive order expressly states that it does not relieve a resident of liability for unpaid rent. The executive order provides temporary relief from eviction to residents who are struggling to pay some or all of the rent due because of a COVID-19 related hardship.

The resident must, prior to March 27, 2020, have “paid the rent due to the landlord pursuant to an agreement.” In other words, be in good standing with regard to their tenancy.

The resident must notify the landlord in writing within seven days (before or after) of the rent due date that they need to defer some or all of the rent because they face a COVID-19 related financial hardship. COVID-19 related hardships include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) being unavailable to work because the resident was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19; (b) experiencing a lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or related government response; or (c) missing work to care for a child whose school was closed in response to COVID-19. This list is non-exclusive, which means that residents could qualify for the protections even if their financial hardship isn’t specifically listed but is related to COVID-19.

Residents must retain “verifiable documentation” to support their claim that they are unable to pay due to a COVID-19 related hardship. Examples of “verifiable documentation” include termination notices, payroll checks, pay stubs, bank statements, medical bills, or signed letters or statements from an employer or supervisor explaining the tenant’s changed financial circumstances.

The Governor’s executive order does not prohibit a landlord and resident from agreeing to a payment plan. Note that some local eviction moratoriums require a landlord to allow rent to be repaid over a specified period of time.

This executive order is in effect through at least May 31, 2020, but could be extended by the Governor.

City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued an Emergency Public Order on March 15, 2020 barring residential evictions from tenants, “who are able to show an inability to pay rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic due to circumstances including lost work, taking care of children who attend the shuttered Los Angeles Unified School District, and health care costs incurred due to the coronavirus.”

Additionally, on March 23rd the Mayor issued a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Los Angeles COVID-19 eviction moratorium fact sheet

Similar statutes have been enacted in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and other jurisdictions.

City of Pasadena
The City of Pasadena has passed a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent due to loss of income related to Covid-19 pandemic. Click below to link to the
Covid-19 Eviction Moratorium

City of Glendale
On March 24, 2020, the Glendale City Council issued an Emergency Order which implemented a number of measures designed to protect the Glendale public and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Among them are temporary moratoriums on evictions on residential and commercial tenancies for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and a temporary moratorium on rent increases for residential tenancies.
City of Glendale Eviction Moratorium and Rent Freeze fact sheet

City of Monrovia
On Tuesday, March 31, the City Council approved an Urgency Ordinance, which adopted emergency regulations that prohibit residential evictions for non-payment of rent and “no-fault” evictions. The ordinance took effect immediately and will remain in place through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration.