Bay Area Lawmakers Want to Ban Coronavirus-Related Evictions

March 10, 2020

City officials in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., are looking for ways to protect renters against evictions if there's a potential fallout from the COVID-19 concerns. They are proposing legislation to prevent the eviction of tenants who are unable to pay rent if they lose income due to complying with recommendations from the U.S. Public Health Service.

“No landlord shall evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if inability to pay rent is due to coronavirus or following government-recommended coronavirus precautions,” San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston told Curbed.com. Preston is introducing legislation today.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo says he’s also pushing for a moratorium on evictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. “We must avoid the creation of a greater public health emergency that would result from subjecting thousands more families to homelessness,” Liccardo said in a public statement.

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