El Monte tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions. During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency, El Monte landlords cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of rent due to financial disruption related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.  Further, the El Monte COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Ordinance includes a 45 prohibition on all no-fault evictions.

To qualify for eviction protections, El Monte tenants must:

  1. Demonstrate that they have suffered a substantial loss of income related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  2. Provide the landlord with written notice of their inability to pay rent resulting from the Coronavirus/COVID-19 related loss of income, with supporting documentation.

Under the El Monte Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, a substantial loss of income impact may result from any of the following:

  1. Job loss;
  2. A reduction of compensated hours of work;
  3. Employer’s business closure;
  4. Missing work due to a minor child’s school closure; or,
  5. Other similarly-caused reasons resulting in a loss of income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Under the El Monte Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, El Monte tenants must provide supporting documentation to gain eviction protections.  Documents demonstrating a Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact include, but are not limited to:

  1. Letter from employer citing Coronavirus/COVID-19 as a reason for reduced hours or termination;
  2. Employer paycheck stubs; or,
  3. Notification from a school declaring a school closure related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The El Monte Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium applies to tenants and owners in mobilehomes.

The El Monte Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium enumerates just cause reasons to terminate a tenancy. Under the moratorium, El Monte landlords may terminate a tenancy for one of the following reasons:

  1. Non-payment of rent where the tenant has not been impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. A material or habitual violation of the tenancy;
  3. Substantial damage to the rental unit;
  4. Refusal to agree to a like or new rental agreement;
  5. Nuisance behavior;
  6. Refusing to access the unit;
  7. Unapproved holdover subtenant;
  8. Substantial rehabilitation of the unit;
  9. Ellis Act eviction;
  10. Owner Move-In or Relative Move-In eviction;
  11. Government Order to Vacate;
  12. Vacation of Unpermitted Unit; or,
  13. Criminal Activity.

The El Monte Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium shall remain in effect for, at least, 45 days.

El Monte joins numerous other California cities that have, or will soon pass, Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratoriums, including San FranciscoOaklandBerkeleySan JoseSanta MonicaCulver CityStocktonSacramentoSan DiegoAlamedaBurbankPasadenaVallejoInglewoodGlendaleSouth PasadenaRichmondEmeryvilleOjaiPalo AltoClearlakePalm Springs, Goleta, Santa Ana, San Louis Obispo County, West Sacramento, and Los Angeles.

Click here to read the unabridged El Monte Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.

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