City of San Diego COVID-19 Temporary Ban on Evictions

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 May 31, 2020, unless the City Council takes action to extend it.

Two days after the City Council action, 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.

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