The San Fernando City Council, to comply with directives issued by Los Angeles county officials, approved an Eviction Protection Ordinance to help protect small businesses and residents from eviction due to inability to pay rent.
The ordinance, passed at the council’s April 8 meeting, prohibits a landlord from starting the eviction process for non-payment of rent until May 31, 2020. It will require that commercial and residential tenants notify their property owner within 7 days of their rent being due and demonstrate a financial impact due to COVID-19.
It goes into effect immediately.
To qualify, tenants must provide documentation of COVID-19 related impacts. Tenants that qualify and choose to defer rent payment are still encouraged to pay as much rent as they can to avoid getting too far behind. The following summarizes the qualifying COVID-19 related impacts under the Eviction Protection Ordinance.
The Eviction Protection Ordinance only applies to commercial tenants with 25 or fewer employees. Tenants have up to 180 days after the expiration of the deferment period of May 31 to repay all outstanding rent.
For more information, visit the City of San Fernando’s website, www.sfcity.org.