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Mayor Liccardo Announces Measures to Support Renters Affected by COVID-19

The Urgency Ordinance Protects Residents that Lose Income During Pandemic Response

Post Date:03/06/2020

Media Contact:

Rachel Davis, Office of Mayor Liccardo; (408) 535-4857 or rachel.davis@sanjoseca.gov 

San José, Calif. – Today Mayor Sam Liccardo will propose a temporary moratorium on evictions in the City of San José for renters who can’t pay their rent because of lost wages resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Recently, the County of Santa Clara declared a public health emergency as the result of the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 5, there are 20 confirmed cases in the County. As the response to this public health emergency escalates, many residents will feel direct economic impacts from business closure, event cancelation and layoffs. Mayor Liccardo proposed this urgency ordinance to prevent families from being evicted from their homes during this public health crisis.

To ensure that landlords are not unduly burdened the proposal recommends the City join the Apartment Association to advocate for temporary relief for burdened, unpaid landlords from such costs as property taxes, utility charges, and foreclosure.

Mayor Liccardo released this statement along with the proposal:

“As the response to this public health emergency escalates, increasingly, many residents will feel direct economic impacts as well.  One preschool has shut down already, and likely others will follow; many parents who must tend to their children at home will lose wages as a result.  Cancelled conventions, hotel bookings, and public events will result in lost business throughout the hospitality industry, and their employees lose paychecks and jobs.

We must avoid the creation of a greater public health emergency that would result from subjecting thousands more families to homelessness, and we must protect our residents from the fear of potential eviction resulting from economic dislocation.

In tough times, San José residents pull together.  As this epidemic unfolds, we will draw deeply on the character of our community to care for one another – and pull each other up to safer ground.”

Details of the proposal:

  • The moratorium is for 30 days but may be extended by the City Council;
  • Affected renters must demonstrate substantial loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic from job loss, a reduction of compensated hours of work, store, restaurant, or office closure, the need to miss work to care for a home-bound school-age child, or (other similarly-caused loss of income that resulted since the City’s Resolution;
  • Affected renters must notify their landlords on or before the day that rent is due.

To receive updates what the City of San José is doing to respond to the pandemic, please visit here.

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