EVICTION MORATORIUM and RENT FREEZE
LAST UPDATED: MARCH 30, 2020
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.
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:
- Loss of income due to a COVID-19 related workplace closure or reduction in hours or activities,
- Child care expenditures due to school closures,
- Health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19, or
- Reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures.
- 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.These orders are in effect until April 30, 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. These orders are in effect until May 31, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
- Tenants will have up to 6 months after the expiration of the emergency order to pay any rent that was deferred because of the COVID 19 circumstances.
- This prohibition does not apply to evictions established prior to the effective date.
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 prohibition is in effect until April 30, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
All updates and /or changes will be posted on the City’s website at www.glendaleca.gov
On February 12, 2019, the Glendale City Council adopted Ordinance #5922 which expands the existing Just Cause Eviction ordinance by adding two new components. This new program is called the Rental Rights Program which consists of Right to Lease, Just Cause Eviction and Relocation.