FAQs concerning local and state eviction orders

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Suspension of Evictions

Countywide Executive Order on Evictions

On March 18, 2020 the County of San Luis Obispo issued an Executive Order for the suspensions of evictions by landlords related for any rental property for failure to pay rent, foreclosure or decrease in household or business income related to COVID-19.

Statewide Moratorium on Evictions 

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.

The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.

Today’s action builds on Governor Newsom’s previous executive order authorizing local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the pandemic.

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and the text of the order can also be found here.

 Home Mortgage Relief
State of California

90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments

Financial institutions will offer, consistent with applicable guidelines, mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. In addition, those institutions will:

  • Provide borrowers a streamlined process to request a forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval of and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide borrowers the opportunity to request additional relief, as practicable, upon continued showing of hardship due to COVID-19.

Governor's News Release

 

Federal Government

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac all have announced a freeze on foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days as well as forbearance or disaster relief options for homeowners who can’t afford their mortgage payments.

*Forbearance means your mortgage payments can be suspended for up to 12 months because of economic hardship that was caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Contact your mortgage servicer (the company where you send your monthly payments) as soon as possible to let them know about your current circumstances. The telephone number and mailing address of your mortgage servicer should be listed on your monthly mortgage statement.

*Failure to contact your lender will result in all of the negative things mentioned above including penalties, bad credit, and ultimately, perhaps, foreclosure and eviction.

 Local Property Taxes
Information on property taxes and waivers is available from the County Auditor-Controller-Tax Collector's Office.
 Renter Assistance

 On March 18,2020 the County of San Luis Obispo issued an Executive Order for the suspensions of evictions by landlords related for any rental property for failure to pay rent, foreclosure or decrease in household or business income related to COVID-19.

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on March 16 to stop evictions and foreclosures for people who are affected by COVID-19 through May 31

The San Luis Obispo County Emergency Services Director made an executive order on March 18, 2020 ordering a suspension of evictions in COVID-19 related situations.  Learn more here.

  • Contact your landlord as soon as possible to let them know about your current circumstances.
  • *Failure to contact your landlord will result in all of the negative things mentioned above including penalties, bad credit, and ultimately, perhaps, foreclosure and eviction.
  • Tenants seeking legal advice can contact the CRLA’s San Luis Obispo office at 805-544-7997 or the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation at 805-543-5140. Both nonprofits provide legal services to low-income residents.