March 30, 2020

Here are guidelines for resolutions/ordinances to protect tenants from eviction:


On Friday, March 27, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that bans residential evictions statewide.*

Details of the order include:

The Executive Order applies to tenants who, prior to March 27, 2020, have paid rent due to their landlord.

The tenant must notify the landlord, in writing, prior to the date rent is due or within 7 days after.

Failure to pay rent must be because:

A tenant has fallen sick or is caring for a family member who is suspected or confirmed to have the Coronavirus;

A tenant has lost a job or experienced reduced hours or pay cuts because of the Coronavirus; or

A tenant has missed work to care for a child amid Coronavirus school closures.

Tenants must provide monthly documentation of hardship to the landlord by the time unpaid rent is due. Accepted documentation includes:

  • termination notices
  • payroll checks
  • pay stubs
  • bank statements
  • medical bills
  • signed letters or statements from an employer or supervisor

The order is in effect through May 31, 2020.

This order applies to tenants renting a residence or dwelling.


The governor’s order delays eviction proceedings for those who qualify, but does not bar them outright. You could still face eviction after the orders end.

You will still have to pay the full rent amount after the order ends “in a timely manner.”

The statewide EO does not override greater protections afforded by local city and county rules but provides at minimum, some protections to residential tenants across the state.

Some local ordinances require tenants to notify landlords in writing before rent is due and provide documentation upfront.

To find out what your city or county is doing, please visit the California Apartment Association FAQs.