Santa Ana Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium
Santa Ana tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions. During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 local state of emergency, Santa Ana 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, Santa Ana tenants must:
- Demonstrate that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has impacted them;
- Within 30 days after the rent is due, provides the landlord with written notice of inability to pay rent due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact, with supporting documentation.
Under the Santa Ana Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, impacts include:
- Contracting Coronavirus/COVID-19;
- Caring for a household or family member who has contracted Coronavirus/COVID-19;
- Suffering layoff, loss of hours, substantial decrease in income, or another Coronavirus/COVID-19 related income disruption;
- Complying with a government or health authority order to stay home, self-quarantine, or other similar order;
- Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or,
- 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 Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana City Council proclaimed a local state of emergency on March 17, 2020.
Santa Ana tenants have six months to pay any deferred rent. Santa Ana landlords cannot charge or collect a late fee for any deferred rent. Further, Santa Ana landlords cannot seek to recover deferred rent through the eviction process.
During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency, Santa Ana landlords may not discontinue or shut off water services for non-payment of water and sewer bills. Further, no late payment penalties or fees shall be imposed.
The Santa Ana Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium shall remain in effect until May 31, 2020, unless extended.
Santa Ana joins numerous other California cities that have, or will soon pass, Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratoriums, including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Monica, Culver City, Stockton, Sacramento, San Diego, Alameda, Burbank, Pasadena, Vallejo, Inglewood, Glendale, El Monte, South Pasadena, Richmond, Emeryville, Ojai, Palo Alto, Clearlake, Palm Springs, Goleta, and Los Angeles.
If you are a Santa Ana tenant with questions about your rights under the Santa Ana Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium or have questions about California Rent Control (AB 1482), contact Astanehe Law to speak with a tenant attorney.