As the dynamic COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, measures are being taken to bring housing and commercial security to residents and businesses who have been economically impacted by the crisis. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt an emergency resolution issuing a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for non-payment of rent due to direct impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
The eviction resolution prevents residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium will be in effect until May 31, 2020 and applies to all of Marin, including residential and commercial tenants within the City of San Rafael, as well as unincorporated areas of the City.
You are protected if you are suffering from a substantial loss of income due to:
- Business closure
- Loss of work or wages
- Missed work or childcare expenditures due to school closure
- Medical Expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the household ill with COVID-19
- Other similarly caused reasons resulting in a loss of income due to COVID-19
The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. It does not relieve the residential or commercial tenant of the liability for the unpaid rent, and the landlord may seek payment after the expiration of the local emergency.