Tenants must provide written notice to the landlord within 30 days after rent is due. Ordinance prohibits eviction of tenants who demonstrate that they are unable to pay from financial impacts of COVID-19.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF REDLANDS DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOW:
Section 1. Temporary Moratorium on Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent by Tenants
Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis.
A. During the period from the effective date of this ordinance through and including
May 31, 2020, no landlord shall endeavor to evict a residential or commercial tenant for
nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial
impacts related to COVID-19 and otherwise complies with the provisions of this ordinance.
B. A landlord who knows that a tenant cannot pay some or all of the rent temporarily
for the reasons set forth above shall not serve a notice pursuant to CCP 1161(2), file or prosecute
an unlawful detainer action based on a three (3)-day pay or quit notice, or otherwise seek to evict
for nonpayment of rent. A landlord knows of a tenant's inability to pay rent within the meaning of
this ordinance if the tenant, within thirty (30) days after the date that rent is due, or with thirty (30)
days after the effective date of this ordinance if paid rent is due and upcoming, notifies the landlord
in writing of lost income and inability to pay full rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-
19, and provides documentation to support the claim. For purposes of this ordinance, "in writing,"
includes email or text communications to a landlord or the landlord's representative with whom
the tenant has previously corresponded by email or text. Any medical or financial information
provided to the landlord shall be held in confidence, and only used for evaluating the tenant's claim.
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C. For purposes of this ordinance, "financial impacts related to COVID-19" include,
but are not limited to, tenant lost household income as a result of any of the following: (i) being
sick with COVID-19, or caring for a household or family member who is sick with COVID-19;
(ii) lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other
economic or employer impacts of COVID-19; (iii) compliance with a recommendation from a
government health authority to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others
during the state of emergency; (iv) extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or (v) child care
needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19.
D. This ordinance applies to nonpayment eviction notices and unlawful detainer
actions based on such notices, served or filed on or after the date on which a local emergency was
E. Violation of this ordinance shall be punishable as set forth in Chapter 2.52 of the
Redlands Municipal Code. In addition, this ordinance grants a defense in the event that an unlawful
detainer action is commenced in violation of this ordinance.