Last night, the Sacramento City Council approved a temporary moratorium on tenant evictions relating specifically to COVID-19. Keep in mind, this applies to all residential rental units within the city limits of the City of Sacramento.
Details of the new ordinance:
- Effective Immediately, but not retroactively applied if tenant was already delinquent in rent
- Moratorium applies to evictions due to nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19
- Tenant was sick or caring for COVID-19 family member
- Tenant experience layoff or other income reduction associated with COVID-19
- Tenant’s compliance with a recommendation from a government agency to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating
- Tenant needed to miss work to care for a home-bound school-aged child
- Tenant must do all of the following:
- Notify landlord in writing before rent is due that the tenant has a valid reason for delayed payment
- Provide verifiable documentation of a covered reason
- Pay the portion of rent the tenant is able to pay
- Tenant has 120 days after the termination of the Sacramento County public health emergency order to pay landlord all unpaid rent.
- Landlord and Tenant may voluntarily agree to an alternate timeline for payment of rent due in arrears.