San Joaquin County tenants, in unincorporated areas and San Joaquin County Cities, including Tracy & Lodi, are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions.  Until at least May 31, 2020, San Joaquin County landlord’s authority to commence evictions on tenants is suspended for non-payment of rent due to financial disruption related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

To qualify for eviction protections, San Joaquin County tenants must:

  1. Demonstrate that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 or a government emergency response measure has impacted their household or business income;
  2. Provide the landlord with written notice of inability to pay rent due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact, with supporting documentation.

Under the San Joaquin County Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, impacts include:

  1. Contracting Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  2. A substantial decrease in household or business income due to layoff or a reduction in the number of compensable hours of work; or,
  3. Substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses.

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 notes, or doctors citing the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Although San Joaquin County tenants must eventually pay the deferred rent, landlords may not charge a late fee for rent delayed under the San Joaquin County Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium. The San Joaquin County Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium does not specify a timeframe to pay deferred rent.

The San Joaquin County Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium shall remain in effect until May 31, 2020, unless the Board of Supervisors extends it.

San Joaquin County 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, Benicia, Camarillo, San Leandro, Union City, and Los Angeles.

Click here to read the unabridged San Joaquin County Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.

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