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Posted on: September 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] County Passes Ordinance for Eviction Protection & Rent Freeze to Provide Additional Protections

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At a Board meeting on September 22, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues a moratorium on certain evictions for residential tenants in the County through January 31, 2021. Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-25 also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through January 31, 2021. The Ordinance is retroactive to September 1, 2020.

Contra Costa County’s urgency ordinance provides additional protections to the state’s COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (the Act), which passed and took effect immediately on August 31, 2020. The Act extends eviction protections for residential tenants experiencing financial hardship related to COVID-19.

See Press Release (PDF) and Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-25 (PDF)

We will update our Eviction and Rent Freeze Ordinance FAQs webpage soon..

See Ordinance No. 2020-14 (PDF) that was passed on April 21, 2020. See Ordinance No. 2020-14 (PDF) passed on May 26, 2020. See Ordinance No. 2020-20 (PDF) passed on July 14, 2020.

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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