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South Pasadena News and Updates from City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe

On February 22, 2019 Assembly Bill 1482 (AB 1482) was introduced to the Legislature to establish protections against no-cause evictions. Since then, on November 6, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2334 to require just-cause terminations of tenancies in the City of South Pasadena until AB 1482 went into effect on January 1, 2020.

In light of the current pandemic and the order to shelter in place, Governor Newsome established Executive Order N-37-20 (https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.27.20-EO-N-37-20.pdf) prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent. The Executive Order also prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. All new eviction and foreclosure cases have been halted, except those deemed necessary for public health and safety, until 90 days after the state of emergency ends. While landlords may still file eviction cases, tenants do not have to respond until after the court’s rule is lifted, and will not automatically lose their cases if they do not respond before then. Tenants are required to declare in writing, no more than 7 days after the rent is due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. These protections will be in place until May 31, 2020. After the order ends, tenants will be required to make up the unpaid rent during the pandemic in a “timely manner” and submit documentation to support their claim.

The City contracts with the Housing Rights Center (HRC) to provide support to its residents and landlords. The HRC has posted COVID-19 related resources on their website (http://www.housingrightscenter.org/covid-resources). The HRC is available by telephone at: (800) 477-5977 or (213) 201-0867 or email at: info@housingrightscenter.org.

Joanna Hankamer
Planning and Community Development Director


4/17/2020

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