June 29, 2021 12:48 AM
On June 24, 2021, a 38th supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic was signed that explicitly adopts most provisions of Los Angeles County’s residential tenant eviction moratorium, so that rent that becomes due from residential tenants during the period July 1 through September 30, 2021, may now be deferred for twelve months. The City’s emergency order adopts County provisions that effectively extends most protections provided in the earlier version of the City’s residential eviction moratorium until September 30, 2021.
"The eviction moratorium continues to be a critical safety net for many residents whose livelihoods have been challenged by the impacts of COVID-19,” said Interim City Manager John Jalili. “There are funds available from the State for rent assistance to cover unpaid rent and landlords and tenants are encouraged to apply.”
In addition to eviction protections for nonpayment of rent, the City has adopted County provisions that prohibit the following types of evictions until September 30, 2021:
- No-fault termination of tenancy or occupancy (except for limited carve out for owner occupancy evictions for single-family homes)
- Unauthorized occupants/unauthorized pets
The City did not adopt a County provision extending eviction protection for denial of entry into a unit; the City’s provision on this will expire on June 30, 2021.
The State is considering legislation to extend the state-law protections against evictions of residential tenants premised on non-payment of rent; if implemented, such an extension may preempt and supersede the County provisions regarding non-payment of rent adopted by the 38th Supplement.
Landlords and tenants can apply for State of California funds for rent assistance to cover unpaid rent at housingiskey.com.
For the latest information, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City at 311.
Public Information Officer