SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On April 30, 2020, the City of Santa Monica
issued a revised
supplemental emergency order that extends the City’s
eviction moratorium to June 30, 2020. The supplemental order
also extends from six to twelve months the time for tenants to pay
rent they were unable to pay because of financial impacts related
to COVID-19. This action comes in response to lingering
uncertainties in public health projections that require people to
remain at home; an increasing number of workers who have suddenly
lost their jobs and are seeking unemployment benefits; and
instabilities in housing and general economic forecasts due to the
impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The revised order updates the eviction moratorium in several ways, including:
- It extends the end date for the
moratorium from May 31 to June 30, 2020.
- It extends from six to twelve months the
time for residential tenants to pay rents that were unpaid during
the moratorium period due to financial impacts related to
COVID-19. During this 12-month period, landlords may not
evict tenants for nonpayment of the unpaid rent.
- It continues to provide eviction
protection to most commercial tenants who are unable to pay due to
financial impacts related to COVID-19, but excludes from these
protections multi-national companies, publicly traded companies,
and companies that employ more than 500 employees.
- It clarifies that when a tenant provides
the landlord with written notice and documentation of the tenant’s
inability to pay rent, and indicates any loss of income or increase
in expenses due to COVID-19, that is sufficient; and that a
statement written by the tenant in a single communication
may constitute both notice and
- It requires landlords who have not
already provided tenants with notice of the eviction moratorium to
provide tenants with notice using updated
- It recognizes that while a landlord and tenant may enter into a
payment plan for payment of delayed rent, the landlord may not
require a tenant to enter into a
payment plan. With or without a payment plan, the order
requires that residential tenants have up to twelve months after
the moratorium ends to pay any rent that was unpaid due to
financial impacts related to COVID-19 during the
- It prohibits a landlord from deceiving a
tenant in connection with their rights and obligations
under the eviction moratorium.
- It automatically voids any provision in a
rental agreement, payment plan, or any other agreement between a
landlord and tenant that waives or modifies any rights under the
“The City is constantly
monitoring the emergency situation and updating our local orders to
provide the most sensible and meaningful response,” said Interim
City Manager Lane Dilg, the City’s Director of Emergency Services.
“The extensions of the moratorium period and the time to pay the
unpaid rents, are intended to provide some relief to our residents
and small businesses, restaurants, stores and offices, in light of
the uncertainties we face as to when the safe-at-home orders will
be lifted, and when we can all go back to work.”
The basic framework of the
eviction moratorium remains unchanged: residential and
commercial tenants are protected from evictions based on nonpayment
of rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19.
However, tenants must notify their landlords in writing, of their
inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 and its impacts and provide
A form that can be used by
tenants to provide the required notice of their inability to pay
rent due to COVID-19 is available here.
The tenant must provide this notice and supporting documentation as
soon as possible, preferably before rent is due, but no later than
30 days after rent is due. A tenant is still obligated to pay a landlord back
rent for all rent that is owed during the moratorium period.
A tenant may not be evicted for nonpayment of rent (due to impacts
of COVID-19) unless the tenant fails to pay the unpaid rents within
twelve months of the expiration of the City’s moratorium
Revised supplemental order