State & Federal COVID-19 Temporary Bans on Residential Evictions

Updated: September 14, 2020

The State of California and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have enacted temporary bans on residential evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These temporary eviction bans apply to landlords and tenants in the City of San Diego.

The CDC’s federal temporary eviction ban is effective from September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

The State’s temporary eviction ban, adopted in Assembly Bill (AB) 3088, prohibits evictions of most rental housing tenants until February 1, 2021, if a tenant experiences financial distress due to COVID-19.

For information about the City of San Diego’s temporary ban on evictions, which expires on September 30, 2020, please click here.

Federal Order from the CDC

The CDC order on September 4, 2020, prohibits landlords or property owners from evicting tenants from September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Under the CDC order, tenants are still required to pay their rent, make a housing payment or fulfill other obligations required by their lease.

Landlords and property owners are allowed to charge and collect fees, penalties and interest due to the failure to pay rent or the housing payment on time.

Each adult resident of the household is required to provide to the landlord or property owner a declaration, stating under penalty of perjury, that specific statements about their circumstances are true. This includes information about the tenant’s annual income and efforts to make rent payments.

For a copy of the CDC declaration form, click here

New California State Law

For detailed guidelines, forms and resources for landlords, tenants and homeowners regarding the State’s temporary eviction ban in AB 3088, visit the Housing is Key website.

The Housing is Key campaign is run by the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) and maintained by the California Department of Real Estate to help Californians stay in their homes and understand housing options during COVID-19 and beyond.