City of San Diego COVID-19 Temporary Ban on Evictions

UPDATE: To learn more about state and federal temporary bans on evictions, click here.

On June 30, 2020, the San Diego City Council voted 5-4 to extend the citywide temporary ban on evictions through September 30, 2020.

To help San Diego residents who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego City Council on March 25, 2020, adopted a temporary ban on evictions in the City of San Diego related to COVID-19.

This means that landlords cannot take action to evict a tenant for not paying rent that was due on or after March 12, 2020, if the tenant is not able to pay because of the financial effects of COVID-19.

The temporary ban on evictions lasts until September 30, 2020, unless the City Council takes action to extend it.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on March 27, 2020, also ordered a statewide temporary ban on evictions:

Requirement for Tenants

Examples of Financial Effects of COVID-19

Financial effects may result because of COVID-19 or any governmental response to COVID-19, including public health orders. These effects may include:

Tenants’ Rights

Tenants who have questions about their legal rights or pending eviction actions may call:

The ordinance adopted by the City Council states that the protections the ordinance provides may be used as an affirmative defense in any unlawful detainer action through which a landlord may try to evict a tenant.

Frequently Asked Questions & Sample Letter

Timeline