Palo Alto tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions via the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Ordinance.  During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency, Palo Alto landlords cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of rent due to financial disruption related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

To qualify for eviction protections, Palo Alto tenants must:

  1. Demonstrate that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has impacted them;
  2. Provide the landlord with written notice of inability to pay rent due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact, with supporting documentation.

Under the Palo Alto COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Ordinance, impacts include a substantial loss in income through employment as a result of:

  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.

Supporting documentation includes, a letter from employer citing Coronavirus/COVID-19 as a reason for reduced work hours or termination, employer paycheck stubs, and bank statements.

Palo Alto tenants have up to 120 days following the expiration of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency to pay any deferred rent. Landlords may not charge or collect a late fee for deferred rent.

Palo Alto 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, and Los Angeles.

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

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