On April 27, 2020, the Richmond Director of Emergency Services issued a Supplemental Order extending the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium until at least May 31, 2020.  Under the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, no Richmond landlord shall act to evict a Richmond tenant for nonpayment of rent related to a Coronavirus/COVID-19 financial impact, or perform a no-fault eviction, unless necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord.

What no-fault evictions does the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium prohibit?

Under the Richmond Rent Ordinance, landlords need just cause to evict a tenant.  Just cause reasons for eviction include situations where the tenant is at fault and situations where the tenant is evicted through no fault of their own, or “no-fault” evictions.  During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond landlords are not permitted to perform no-fault evictions.  Prohibited no-fault evictions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Temporary vacate for substantial repairs;
  2. Owner move-in or relative move-in eviction;
  3. Ellis Act eviction; and,
  4. Lawful termination of a temporary tenancy.

How do Richmond Tenants Impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Qualify for the Eviction Moratorium?

To qualify for eviction protections, Richmond tenants must:

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

Under the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium, What Impacts Qualify A Tenant for Coverage?

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

  1. Being sick with Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  2. Caring for a household or family member who has Coronavirus/COVID-19;
  3. Layoff, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure, or other Coronavirus/COVID-19 economic impact;
  4. Compliance with a government order to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic;
  5. Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or,
  6. Child care needs arising from school closures related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

What Supporting Documents Can Richmond Tenants Provide to Qualify for the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium?

The Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium expressly states that document includes, but is not limited to medical and financial information.  Supporting documentation may also likely include, 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.

Paying Rent Deferred Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

Although Richmond tenants must ultimately eventually pay all deferred rent, landlords may not charge a late fee for rent delayed under the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Richmond tenants have six months from the date the Coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency ceases to pay any deferred rent.  Additionally, a landlord may not utilize the eviction process to collect rent deferred through the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

What Other Cities Are Passing Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratoria?

Richmond is one of numerous other California cities that have, or will soon pass, Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratoria, including San FranciscoOaklandBerkeleySan JoseSanta MonicaCulver CityStocktonSacramentoSan DiegoAlamedaBurbankPasadenaVallejoInglewoodGlendaleEl MonteSouth PasadenaEmeryvilleOjaiPalo AltoClearlakePalm SpringsGoletaSanta AnaSan Louis Obispo CountyWest SacramentoWatsonvilleWoodlandAnaheimBeverly HillsBeniciaCamarilloSan LeandroUnion CityConcordAlbanyEast Palo AltoEmeryville, Livermore, and Los Angeles.

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

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