Did you lose your job or were your hours cut because of COVID-19? Do you have medical bills related to COVID-19? Did you have to take off work because of school closures? Are you worried about paying rent?
San Diego City Counsel has enacted a temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent by residential and commercial tenants in San Diego County.
BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
If your rent was due on or after March 12, 2020 there are restrictions on the action that your landlord can take if you were financially impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, your landlord must receive written notice of your inability to pay no more than seven days after the rent comes due. You also have to provide your landlord with documentation showing that your inability to pay all or part of your rent is related to COVID-19.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO PAY BACK THE RENT?
The city ordinance does not excuse you from paying your rent. If you stay on the property, you have up to six months from the day the state of emergency is withdrawn, or the date the ordinance is effective (whichever is soonest). If you move out, the unpaid rent becomes due.
If the outstanding balance is not paid by the end of the six-month period, your landlord may evict you and sue for the unpaid rent balance.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Send it to your landlord by email or postal mail before your rent is due. Be sure to include documentation that the hardship is related to COVID-19. This can include:
WHAT CAN COUNTERPOINT LEGAL DO FOR YOU?
If your landlord does not agree to waive late fees or starts the eviction process--contact us. We are here to help protect you in these uncertain times. Please stay safe, stay healthy, and we are here if you need us.