Goleta tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions.  During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 local state of emergency, Goleta landlords shall not endeavor to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent due to financial disruption related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

To qualify for eviction protections, Goleta tenants must:

  1. Demonstrate that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has impacted them;
  2. Within 30 days after the date the rent is due, provide the landlord written notice of inability to pay rent due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact, with supporting documentation.

Under the Goleta Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, impacts include:

  1. Contracting Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  2. Caring for a household or family member who has contracted Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  3. Suffering layoff, loss of hours, substantial decrease in income, or another Coronavirus/COVID-19 related income disruption;
  4. Complying with a government or health authority order to stay home, self-quarantine, or other similar order;
  5. Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or,
  6. Child care needs arising from school closure due to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Supporting documentation likely includes, paystubs, time cards, proof of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to Coronavirus/COVID-19, proof of medical care or quarantine, employer or school notes, or doctors citing the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The Goleta Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium applies to eviction notices and unlawful detainer (eviction) actions based on notices, that were served or filed on or after the local state of emergency was declared.

The Goleta City Manager declared a local state of emergency on March 14, 2020.

Goleta tenants have six months to pay any deferred rent.  Goleta landlords cannot charge or collect a late fee for any deferred rent.  Further, Goleta landlords cannot seek to recover deferred rent through the eviction process.

The Goleta Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium shall remain in effect until the Goleta City Council terminates it, however, the City Council must review the moratorium every 60 days until it is terminated.

Goleta joins numerous other California cities that have, or will soon pass, Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratoriums, including San FranciscoOaklandBerkeleySan JoseSanta MonicaCulver CityStocktonSacramentoSan DiegoAlamedaBurbankPasadenaVallejoInglewoodGlendaleEl Monte, South Pasadena, Richmond, Emeryville, Ojai, Palo Alto, Clearlake, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles.

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

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