The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously March 23 to extend the temporary moratorium on commercial evictions of small-business tenants resulting from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extended eviction moratorium is now in effect through Aug. 18, or sooner if the governor’s executive order authorizing such moratoria expires.
“As we’ve seen month after month, our small-business community continues to be deeply affected by the pandemic, said Supervisor Joe Simitian, who sponsored the original ordinance and proposed several adjustments and extensions to previous iterations. “With the moratorium extended – and previously approved protections in place to repay past-due rent – both small businesses and landlords will have more time to take advantage of various relief programs.”
The county’s ordinance prohibits evictions for failure to pay rent due to loss of income resulting from the COVID-19 public health crisis. The countywide application means it applies throughout the county, except in cities that have passed an ordinance more stringent than the one approved by the Board of Supervisors.
“The supervisors’ action to extend the eviction moratorium is huge for our small businesses, who have been devastated by the pandemic,” said Peter Katz, president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Foundation. “Rent is one of their largest expenses, so this relief is essential for their very survival.”
The county’s COVID-19 small-business eviction moratorium was first approved by the Board of Supervisors March 24, 2020. It was extended or revised numerous times since its initial adoption last year.