California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on March 27 that evictions are now temporarily banned in the state for those tenants who have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.

This new ordinance applies to those who have to take care of a relative who has the virus, is sick themselves or lost their job because of it, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tenants must notify landlords in seven days of nonpayment.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Sacramento County has taken initial steps to expand protections for renters in the wake of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.

Under the new proposed ordinance, property owners will temporarily not be able to evict tenants if they are unable to pay their rent as a result of a monetary hardship put on them related to the crisis. This a temporary eviction ban and may go into effect for May 1 rent due dates, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Under the ordinance, tenants will be required to prove that they have taken a significant financial hit as a result of the Coronavirus.

The timeline for the delayed rent payments are 120 days after the state’s emergency declaration has ended if the tenant notifies the property owner that they can’t pay it before it is due. The documentation that tenants have to deliver to landlords would need to show proof of financial hardship due the crisis. That includes: a layoff, reduced hours or other cut in income; proof that they became ill or had to care for a sick relative; they had to take time off to care for their children who are no longer in school; they were complying with a stay-at-home order from the government (or self-quarantine).

This applies to those who reside in Sacramento County as well as those who are in unincorporated areas of the county.

According to the Bee, the County Board of Supervisors will review the ordinance again on April 1. Should it be approved then, it would go into effect for tenants prior to rent being due on May 1.

In addition, the city of Sacramento recently passed eviction protections for tenants in commercial properties. This ordinance allows commercial tenants 120 days to pay rent following the end of the crisis in Sacramento County, according to ABC10. Similar to the county proposal for residential tenants, commercial tenants in the city of Sacramento must explain their financial situation to the landlord before rent is due.

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