Santa Monica Broadens Its Temporary Eviction Moratorium

April 8, 2020 12:15 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On April 8, 2020, the City of Santa Monica issued a revised supplemental order that strengthens the City’s eviction moratorium in response to the deepening impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The City first issued the eviction moratorium on March 14, 2020, which imposed a city-wide temporary moratorium for residential evictions for nonpayment of rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19. Since then, the moratorium has been broadened to include commercial evictions (in addition to residential evictions), Ellis Act evictions, and no-fault evictions where a member of the household is sick, in isolation, sheltering at home, or under quarantine.

Today’s order further broadens the eviction moratorium in several ways, including:

“The City has strengthened its eviction moratorium to ensure that our community members – both tenants and businesses – can stay in their homes, restaurants, shops, and offices during this emergency period, even if they are temporarily unable to pay rent,” said City Manager Rick Cole, the City’s Director of Emergency Services. “This public health crisis will end at some point, but the financial impacts will continue to create anxieties for our residents and businesses, tenants as well as landlords. We are mindful of our duty to balance the needs of everyone, but in the end our job is to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of the public, and to minimize the devastating impacts of COVID-19 to our community as a whole.  This eviction moratorium will help us get through this crisis.” 

The basic framework of the eviction moratorium remains unchanged:  residential and commercial tenants are protected from evictions based on nonpayment of rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19.  However, tenants must notify their landlord, in writing, of their inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 and its impacts, and provide supporting documentation. 

A form that can be used to provide the required notice is available here. The tenant must provide this notice and supporting documentation as soon as possible, preferably before the rent is due, but no later than 30 days after rent is due. A tenant is still obligated to pay a landlord back rent for all rent that is owed during the moratorium period.  The tenant must pay this rent within 6 months of the expiration of the City’s moratorium order.  

For questions about the City’s eviction moratorium, please visit, or call the City’s COVID-19 hotline at (310) 458-8400 or For help in completing the tenant notice form or if you would like to file a complaint regarding eviction activity in violation of the order, please contact the Public Rights Division of the City Attorney’s Office at (310) 458-8336, or

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