The State of California legislature has enacted, and the Governor has signed, Assembly Bill No. 832, which took effect on June 28, 2021, that provides state-wide eviction and foreclosure protections for many residential tenants and property owners suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19. The eviction protections now extend through September 30, 2021. State law has replaced local legislation, including the County’s ordinance, in providing protections for residential tenants facing evictions. More information about how residential tenants can receive the protections of the state law can be found here: http://housing.ca.gov/tenant/protection_guidelines.html.
Low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive help paying rent here: https://osh.sccgov.org/need-assistance/rental-assistance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also issued an agency order temporarily halting residential evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission. More information on the federal protections for residential tenants can be found here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html. On August 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the CDC's eviction moratorium, however, California's statewide eviction moratorium for residential tenants under state law remains in effect until September 30, 2021.
For small business tenants who qualify for protection under the County’s ordinance, the County's eviction moratorium expired on August 19, 2021. Protected small business tenants have up to 6 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.
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions to better inform tenants, landlords, and small businesses about this eviction moratorium: