Watsonville tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions.  During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 local state of emergency, Watsonville 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, Watsonville tenants must:

  1. Demonstrate that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has impacted them;
  2. Before the day rent is due, provide to the landlord written notice of inability to pay rent due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact, with supporting documentation; and,
  3. Pays the portion of rent owed that the tenant is able to pay based on the amount of income received.

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

  1. Contracting Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  2. Caring for a household or family member who has Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  3. Suffering a layoff, loss of hours, or other income reduction due to Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  4. Complying with a government response measure to stay at home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others;
  5. Missing work to care for a home-bound school-aged child; or,
  6. Missing work to care for a family member that is deemed high risk of severe illness form Coronavirus/COVID-19.

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

Watsonville tenants have six months following the termination of the Watsonville Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium to pay any deferred rent.

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

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

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