Benicia tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions.  Until at least May 31, 2020, Benicia 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, Benicia tenants must:

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

Under the Benicia 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. Income disruption via layoff, wage or hour reduction, business closure, or other income reduction resulting from Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  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 or preschool 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.

Under the Benicia Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, Benicia tenants have 60 days following the expiration of the moratorium to pay any deferred rent.  Benicia landlords cannot charge or collect a late fee or penalty for deferred rent.

The Benicia Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium covers termination of tenancy and notices to cure or quit that were served before the moratorium effect date, but have not yet expired.

The Benicia Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium will remain in effect until May 31, 2020, unless extended.

Benicia 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, Watsonville, Woodland, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles.

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

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