A bit of relief for those who are afraid of what’s coming at the end of the month.
Today, Mayor London N. Breed announced a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts caused by COVID-19. The moratorium will prevent any resident from being evicted due to a loss of income related to a business closure, loss of hours or wages, layoffs, or out-of-pocket medical costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor issued this moratorium under the powers of the Local Emergency she declared on February 25th.
“Protecting public health means keeping people secure in their housing, which we know is a challenge right now as our economy and our workers are being severely impacted by this crisis,” said Mayor Breed. “This moratorium will help people stay stable if they lose income because they get sick, a family member gets sick, or their job is impacted by the economic damage the coronavirus is causing. This all part of our larger plan to provide support and resources to everyone in our city who is suffering under the spread of COVID-19.” The support comes short of the United States lack of communication, understanding, and response to the growing outbreak on US soil. The current cases around the world is at 153,523, while the US has currently 1,678 on their hands. The outbreak started in late 2019 and developed into a global pandemic by March 2020.
Under the order, a tenant must notify their landlord that they cannot pay rent due to a COVID-19 related impact. Within one week of this notice, the tenant must provide documentation or other objective information that they cannot pay rent. Tenants will have up to six months after the termination of the emergency declaration to repay any back due rent.
“We thank Mayor Breed for her leadership during this difficult time and want to do our part to support her and the broader community,” said Janan New, Executive Director, San Francisco Apartment Association. “In this time of need, let’s all reach out to our neighbors and care for one another.”
The eviction moratorium will be in effect for 30 days, and can be extended by the Mayor for another 30 days through an Executive Order. If the Local Emergency declared by the Mayor is rescinded at any point, the moratorium will cease to be in effect.
// Recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health can be found at www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus.asp along with up-to-date on coronavirus news and information. You can also call 311 and sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777. Photo of Mayor London Breed by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, collage by Anthony Rogers.