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Santa Monica’s Temporary Moratorium of Tenancy Terminations and Evictions

03/26/2020 10:55 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

By Gary Rhoades

Deputy City Attorney in the Public Rights Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

On March 19, 2020, the Santa Monica City Council ratified the City’s emergency moratorium on certain types of notices, terminations of tenancy, and evictions. The City passed the temporary moratorium as a part of its emergency order in response to the pandemic emergency related to the spread of COVID-19, and as a part of the necessary measures taken in order to protect the public health and safety of its residents, workers, and visitors.

Under the statewide and countywide shelter-in-place orders and guidance, tenants should be staying at home rather than being subject to evictions or forced to look for another place to live. Also, along with the Governor of the State of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, he has since expressly authorized cities to suspend evictions during the crisis.

Santa Monica’s emergency order is now in effect through April 30, 2020, and the City Council may extend it.

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