Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Continuing to take deliberate action to help San Diegans, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Council President Georgette Gómez today announced plans to take immediate steps on a temporary eviction moratorium to provide relief to residents and businesses facing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“As jobs disappear, rent payments do not, so we’re taking action to help San Diegans in need during the COVID-19 emergency,” Mayor Faulconer said. “That’s why we as a city are working diligently to provide relief to our residents and businesses who are complying with public health mandates and staying home or suspending their operations. This involves tenants, landlords and lenders, so in partnership with my City Council colleagues and the City Attorney, we will develop an ordinance that recognizes we are all in this together.”
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a state order removing restrictions that may have prevented local governments from halting evictions for residential and commercial tenants. The actions taken by the City Council take the state’s direction a step further, requesting that the City Attorney draft an ordinance to be voted on in the next few weeks, providing relief to communities across San Diego in the midst the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The new ordinance will not relieve a tenant of their requirement to pay rent or restrict a landlord from recovering rent at a future time. As it is drafted in the coming days, it will be written to strike a balance between the interests of tenants, landlords and lenders. The City will continue to explore and bring forward additional relief measures as this unfolds.
The City Council today also voted on the ratification of Mayor Faulconer’s declaration of emergency, ensuring the City can act swiftly without unnecessary restriction and authorizes the City’s Executive Leadership to issue emergency contracts if necessary to carry out City business and help combat the spread of the virus. This will allow the City to seek reimbursement from state and federal governments should funds be made available in the future.
For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.
For the latest information about City services and directives, please visit www.sandiego.gov/coronavirus.