City of Encinitas

Passes Urgency Ordinance Temporarily Halting Residential and Commercial Evictions


Encinitas, CA - Yesterday, the Encinitas City Council passed an Emergency Ordinance to enact a temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent for residential and commercial tenants related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Tenants must experience a financial impact as defined in the emergency ordinance (a substantial decrease in income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses, or governmental response to COVID-19). A financial impact is related to COVID-19 if it is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic or any governmental response to the pandemic including complying with any public health orders or recommended guidance related to COVID-19 from local, state, or federal governmental authorities; being sick with COVID-19; caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19; or caring for a child whose school was closed in response to COVID-19.

The Ordinance is effective for rent due on or after March 27, 2020. The moratorium will last until the local emergency is terminated or the withdrawal of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20, whichever occurs sooner, though the Council can extend the time period by a subsequent resolution. Tenants who were provided protection under this ordinance have up to six months from the end of the period during which this ordinance is effective, or the withdrawal of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20, whichever occurs soonest (unless otherwise extended by Council resolution), to pay their landlords all unpaid rent.

Tenants must provide notice to the landlord before the rent is due and must provide documentation of the COVID-19 related reason for the nonpayment of the rent within two weeks of providing notice. Nothing in this ordinance relieves the tenant of liability for unpaid rent after expiration of the provisions of this ordinance.

Please follow this link to see a copy of the executed ordinance for additional information: Urgency Ordinance 2020-07

For the most up to date information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://encinitasca.gov/COVID-19-UPDATES.

For information or questions, please contact Tom Bokosky, Director of Human Resources at (760) 633-2631 or [email protected].