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Posted on: October 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 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 Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-26 (PDF) that 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.

Ordinance No. 2026 also authorizes 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.

See full Press Release (PDF) and Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-26 (PDF). The Eviction and Rent Freeze Ordinance FAQs have been updated. Forms and Spanish translations are coming soon.

See Ordinance No. 2020-14 (PDF) passed on April 21, 2020. See Ordinance No. 2020-16 (PDF) passed on May 26, 2020. See Ordinance No. 2020-20 (PDF) passed on July 14, 2020. See Ordinance No. 2020-25 (PDF) passed on September 22, which was superseded by Ordinance No. 2020-26.

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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