EVICTION MORATORIUM and RENT FREEZE
On March 24, 2020, the Glendale City Council issued an Emergency Order which implemented a number of measures designed to protect the Glendale public and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Among them are temporary moratoriums on evictions on residential and commercial tenancies for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and a temporary moratorium on rent increases for residential tenancies. March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20, which also impacts evictions of residential tenancies. On April 6, 2020, the California Judicial Council issued Emergency Order No. 1, which impacts the filing of unlawful detainer complaints. We encourage you to review both orders in their entirety.
On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Glendale City Council extended its emergency proclamations and added measures to facilitate the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prohibition Against Evictions: (Residential and Commercial Tenancies)
- Landlords cannot file an unlawful detainer action against either residential or commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Tenants must provide documentation to demonstrate the reason for their inability to pay rent and its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such circumstances include:
- Please note that the California Judicial Council has expanded that restriction to state that no complaint for unlawful detainer may be filed, unless it is necessary to protect public health and safety.
- For commercial tenants, a written notice of a tenant’s inability to pay rent must be provided to the landlord in writing 14 days prior to when the rent is due, except for rent due for the month of April in which case said notice shall be made as soon as practicable.
- Residential Eviction Moratorium is in effect until June 30, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
- Commercial Eviction Moratorium is in effect until June 3, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
- For residential tenants, a written notice of a tenant’s inability to pay rent must be provided to the landlord in writing before the rent is due or within a reasonable period of time thereafter, not to exceed 7 days. The documentation to support deferring rent may be provided to the landlord no later than the time upon payment of back-due rent.
- For residential, tenants will have up to twelve months following the expiration of the moratorium (from June 30) to repay any back due rent that was deferred because of the COVID 19 circumstances. An additional rent repayment measure was passed that requires tenants to pay at least 25% of back due rent at the end of each three (3) month period of the twelve month repayment period, unless the landlord and tenant agree to different repayment terms.
- The repayment period for commercial tenants was amended from twelve months to three months commencing upon the expiration of the moratorium on June 3, 2020. Publicly traded companies are exempt from this moratorium.
- This prohibition does not apply to evictions established prior to the effective date.
- A landlord may not charge or collect late charges, fees, or interest on unpaid rent, or engage in any harassing behavior in an attempt to collect deferred rent, when payment of rent is delayed during the period of this emergency.
Rent Increase Prohibition/Rent Freeze: (Residential Tenancies Only)
- Rents are frozen effective March 24, 2020 regardless of when a rent increase notice was previously served.
- Landlords may not issue new rent increases until the expiration of the emergency order, even if the increase is effective after the expiration of the order.
- Any rent increase issued between March 25, 2020 and the expiration of the emergency order will need to be reissued once the order has expired.
- The rent freeze applies to all residential rentals in the City of Glendale, except apartments built after February 1, 1995, individual condominium units, and single family dwelling. It also applies to accessory dwelling units and hotel rooms being rented as extended stays.
The rent freeze prohibition is in effect until June 30, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
For questions about the rent freeze and eviction moratorium, please call (818) 548-3926 or email at Rent@glendaleca.gov
The following letter was sent to all Landlords and Tenants in Glendale, click here to view:
Glendale's Eviction Moratorium. View the Order in:
Expansion of Glendale's Eviction Moratorium for Residential Tenancies. View the Order in:
Glendale's Rent Increase Freeze. View the Order in:
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