The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors today approved an urgency ordinance temporarily banning evictions for nonpayment of rent by residential and commercial real estate property tenants. The ordinance is effective through May 31.
The order comes as residents are under a shelter-in-place directive in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Supervisors made the decision after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 16 executive order suspending state law that prohibits a local government from exercising police power to impose limitations on residential or commercial evictions.
“Without local protection, eviction notices for failure to pay rent are likely to surge as residents and businesses are unable to earn income due to the pandemic, or are forced to pay substantial medical expenses associated with the pandemic,” the ordinance states.
Supervisors cited “an urgent need” for the county “to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents in light of the emergency … to keep residents in their homes during the time that they need to shelter in place,” according to the ordinance.
Santa Clara County is one of the regions of the country most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. County public health officials have reported 375 cases and 16 deaths so far.
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