City of Davis Extends Eviction Moratorium and Economic Relief Measures Through June
The City of Davis announced today that the City Manager has extended the City’s urgency ordinance (first adopted by the City Council on March 25, 2020) that states that residential and commercial landlords cannot evict renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during this period of local emergency. The initial ordinance authorized by the City Council allows the City Manager to make this extension. So far, the ordinance has affected rent payments due April 1 and May 1, and this extension continues the ordinance to apply to June 1 rent payments.
The City will also continue to waive new City utility bill late fees for all residential and commercial customers, thereby allowing late payments without penalty through June 2020. Customers need not apply and do not need to submit any special forms. The City will suspend water shut-offs for both commercial and residential accounts through June 2020.
In addition, the resolution extension defers hotel transient occupancy tax (TOT) payments through June 2020.
Provisions from the ordinance regarding rent are:
- The tenant must provide written notice to the landlord regarding inability to pay rent because of lost income and financial impacts due to COVID-19 no later than 10 days after the rent due date.
- The tenant must provide documentation of COVID-19 financial impacts within 30 days of the rent due date.
- Residential landlords may not initiate a no-fault eviction unless immediately necessary because of a hazardous condition (which would not include any condition related to COVID-19).
- The tenant shall pay the portion of the rent the tenant is able to pay.
- The tenant is not relieved of liability for unpaid rent, which the landlord may seek after the expiration of the local emergency.
- The tenant must pay back rent within six months of the expiration of the local emergency.
“This is a small step we can take that will make a large difference for those who need this protection,” said Mayor Brett Lee.
“In these difficult times, it makes sense that our City government do what it can to ensure our residents who are struggling financially because of the effects of COVID-19 have a safe place to live,” said Councilmember Dan Carson.
Visit the Davis web page on Coronavirus matters at https://www.cityofdavis.org/coronavirus
Diane Parro, Director of Community and Business Engagement
Paul Doroshov, Deputy Police Chief