During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Berkeley tenants impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic may break their lease with 30 days notice without penalty.  Berkeley Municipal Code § 13.110.020(D).  Under the emergency law, deferring rent under the Berkeley Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium qualifies as a Coronavirus/COVID-19 tenant impact.  Additionally, student tenants looking to leave their rental unit because their school canceled or limited in-person classes due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic may break their lease with 30 days’ notice without penalty.  Id.

These critical enactments allow tenants impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic to terminate their leases early, and comes at a time when many Berkeley tenants are looking to escape.  Now, these tenants may do so, provided they have been impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and provide 30 days’ notice.

Previously, the Berkeley City Council enacted a Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium.

If you are a Berkeley tenant with questions about your rights under the Berkeley Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic lease termination law or have questions about the Berkeley Rent OrdinanceCalifornia Rent Control (AB 1482), contact Astanehe Law to speak with a tenant attorney.