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Posted on: October 9, 2020

County Passes Ordinance to Provide Additional Eviction and Rent Freeze Protections

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At a Board meeting on September 29, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an amended Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-26 to authorize a temporary prohibition on evictions of certain commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These prohibitions of commercial evictions and the specified exceptions last through November 30, 2020.

The Ordinance supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-25 and continues a moratorium on certain evictions for residential tenants in the County through January 31, 2021. The Urgency Ordinance also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through January 31, 2021. The Ordinance is retroactive to September 1, 2020.

See Press Release (PDF) and Press Release in Spanish (PDF). See Ordinance No. 2020-26 (PDF) and Ordinance No. 2020-26 in Spanish (PDF).

See answers to Ordinance FAQs (PDF) and Ordinance FAQs Spanish (PDF). For more information, visit the Eviction Moratorium and Rent Freeze FAQs webpage.

Resources for Tenants

For affordable housing information, visit https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/4807/Affordable- Housing.

Emergency rental assistance may be available at: https://shelterinc.org/get-help/rental- deposite-assistance.html.

Legal assistance may be available to tenants from Bay Area Legal Aid at: https://baylegal.org/.

Tenants in the City of Richmond may be able to obtain legal assistance from Eviction Defense Center at: https://www.evictiondefensecenteroakland.org/.

Businesses may obtain assistance at: https://www.wdbccc.com/. And a hotline has been established for small businesses, available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 833- 320-1919.

Other resources are available at: http://www.contracostaarc.com/assets/CARE/Financial_Assistance_15.pdf.

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm.

Resources for Landlords:

Resources for residential landlords may be available from the California Apartment Association, Contra Costa branch located in Pleasant Hill at: https://caanet.org/local/contra-costa/.

The County will continue to update its website as resources become available.

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