COVID-19 Temporary Ban on Evictions

Tenants throughout the State of California (State), including City of San Diego (City) residents, cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent related to COVID-19 at least until June 30, 2021.

This includes unpaid rent that was due between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Landlords are required to provide a notice to tenants who, as of February 1, 2021, have not paid one or more months of rent that was due during this time period.

Tenants are required to provide their landlord a Declaration of COVID-19-related financial distress within 15 days of receiving notice from their landlord.

Tenants also are required to pay at least 25 percent of the rent they owed from September 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Federal funds provided to the State may be available to pay up to 80 percent of a household’s unpaid rent for the time period of April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

Landlords who accept this payment would give up their right to the remaining 20 percent of unpaid rent. The past-due rent would be considered paid in full.

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These eviction protections are part of legislation Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law on January 29, 2021, to extend the statewide temporary ban on evictions. The legislation also outlines the State’s plan to distribute its share of federal rent relief funding.

City of San Diego Temporary Ban on Evictions

The City’s temporary ban on evictions will take effect on July 1, 2021, the date after the State eviction ban expires, unless the State further extends its eviction ban.

The City eviction ban will remain in effect until 60 days after the end of the City’s COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration.

More information about the City’s temporary ban on evictions and requirements for tenants and landlords will be available on this web page when the City eviction ban takes effect.

Tenants’ Rights

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

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Additional Information

SDHC is collaborating with the following community-based organizations to share information about the temporary eviction ban with City of San Diego residents:

Housing Stability Assistance Program Interest List

The City of San Diego (City) and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) are working to create a program to support housing stability, including federal funds to help pay past-due and upcoming rent and provide utility assistance.

An online portal is available now for City residents to express their interest in receiving information about the application process for this program.

Signing up to receive information is NOT an application for the program and will NOT affect any determinations of eligibility for the program.