City Council passes eviction moratorium

By unanimous vote, the San Gabriel City Council voted to pass a local urgency ordinance that prohibits evictions due to the nonpayment of rent caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am proud that we adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 668 to provide immediate protection to tenants during this extraordinary period of time,” said Mayor Jason Pu. “Our ordinance broadens Governor Newsom’s statewide suspension of residential evictions by protecting both individuals and businesses and by specifying that qualifying tenants will have up to 180 days to pay any unpaid back-rent.”

Signed on March 31, 2020 at a special meeting of the San Gabriel City Council, this urgency ordinance applies to residential and commercial tenants who live or operate businesses in the City of San Gabriel who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. The ordinance goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until 30 days following the expiration of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order (N-37-20), which authorizes local governments to impose limitations on evictions caused by COVID-19.

Residential tenants in San Gabriel who wish to delay the payment of rent must notify their landlord in writing of their inability to pay before rent is due, or up to 14 days after the due date. Tenants must also be able to provide documentation that details their inability to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For business tenants to qualify, they must conduct their business in the City and be able to demonstrate substantial loss of income related to COVID-19. Like residential tenants, business tenants must notify their landlord in writing before rent is due or up to 14 days after the due date.

For more information about the eviction moratorium, please visit the City’s website here.