Pasadena Restricts No Fault Evictions & Protects Tenants Affected by COVID-19 with Sweeping Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium

Pasadena tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions.  During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 for non-payment of rent, and from performing no-fault evictions, except when necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord.

What Type of Evictions Does the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Prohibit?

The Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium prohibits evictions due to non-payment of rent for Coronavirus/COVID-19 impacted tenants, and also no-fault evictions, except when necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord.

How Do Pasadena Tenants Gain Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Eviction Protections?

To qualify for the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, Pasadena tenants must:

  1. Demonstrate that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has financially impacted them;
  2. Providing, in writing, notice of inability to pay rent due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact, with supporting documentation.

What Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impacts Are Covered Under the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium?

Under the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, covered impacts include a tenant’s lost household income due to:

  1. Contracting Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  2. Caring for a household or family member who is sick with Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  3. Layoff, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other Coronavirus/COVID-19 economic impacts;
  4. Compliance with a government order to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregation during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency;
  5. Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or,
  6. Child care needs arising from school closures related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

What Documents Can Pasadena Tenants Provide Their Landlord to Qualify for the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium?

Permissible supporting documents likely include employer letters citing the Coronavirus/COVID-19 as a reason for adverse impact, paystubs from before and after the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, bank statements showing the tenants financial position before and after the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, or letters from a home-bound child’s school providing notice of closure due to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

What No-Fault Evictions Are Covered Under the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium?

The Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium also prohibits no-fault evictions during the state of emergency.  Covered no-fault evictions are any eviction for which the notice to terminate the tenancy is not based on alleged fault by the residential tenant.  This means that, during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Pasadena tenants who comply with all applicable laws are protected from losing their homes.

What Happens to Termination of Tenancy Notices Served Prior to the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Effective Date?

A Pasadena tenant who received a termination of tenancy notice served prior to the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium effective date is still protected.  The tenant is not required to move during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency.  The landlord cannot prosecute an unlawful detainer based on the underlying termination of tenancy notice while the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium is effective.

How Long Will the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Remain in Effect?

The Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium shall remain in effect until the later of the termination of any local emergency in Pasadena relating to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

How Long do Pasadena Tenants Have to Repay Rent Suspended Due to the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium?

After the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency ceases, Pasadena tenants have six months to pay unpaid rent.  Pasadena landlords may not charge or collect late fees for delayed rent. Additionally, Pasadena landlords may not seek such unpaid rent through eviction proceedings.

What Other California Cities Are Passing Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratoriums?

Pasadena joins numerous other California cities that have, or will soon pass, Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratoriums, including San FranciscoOaklandBerkeleySan JoseSanta MonicaCulver CityStocktonSacramentoSan DiegoAlameda, Burbank, and Los Angeles.

Click here to read the unabridged Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Ordinance.

If you are a Pasadena tenant with questions about your rights under the Pasadena Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium or have questions about California Rent Control (AB 1482), contact Astanehe Law to speak with a tenant attorney.

 

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