Renters

***UPDATE: On June 30, 2020 Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-71-20 which extends the paragraphs relating to residential and commercial evictions in Executive Order N-28-20 through September 30, 2020. This allows local governments to continue to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Rosemead Urgency Ordinance No. 994 states, “Should the Governor extend Order N-28-20, this Ordinance will continue automatically beyond May 31, 2020 to the date of the Governor’s extension, unless superseded.”

As such, Rosemead’s Eviction Moratorium is still in effect and in full force until September 30, 2020 or until the City chooses otherwise by a new ordinance. Please continue to check back for updates or call Lucia Medina-Whittaker at 626-569-2153.

The first extension to the paragraphs relating to residential and commercial evictions in Executive Order N-28-20 was enacted on May 29, 2020 with the signing of Executive Order N-66-20. This allowed local governments to continue to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by 60-days until July 28, 2020. Executive Order N-71-20 supersedes this first extension until September 30, 2020. ***

On March 24, 2020, the Rosemead City Council adopted Ordinance No. 993 temporarily prohibiting evictions of residential and commercial tenants arising from financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 27th, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20, which created certain protections against eviction for residential tenants, but did not address commercial tenants. Therefore, on March 30, 2020, the Rosemead City Council passed Urgency Ordinance No. 994 to maintain and clarify protections under Ordinance No. 993. For your convenience, Ordinance No. 994 has been translated into 中文(Chinese-Traditional), Español (Spanish), and Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese).

For your convenience, following is a summary of the ordinance:

  • The Temporary Urgency Ordinance allows qualified tenants to defer in whole or in part rental payments currently due and which will come due until May 31st (unless extended), for up to 6 months from the rent due date if the tenant can demonstrate an inability to pay due to COVID-19 financial impacts. Rent will be payable in full prior to the end of the 6 months.

  • Residential and commercial tenants must notify landlords in writing (including by email or text) that they cannot pay some or all of their rent and they must provide documents showing they have suffered a substantial financial impact related to COVID-19.

  • Financial Impacts related to COVID-19 include:

    • A substantial decrease in household income caused by layoffs or a reduction in the number of compensated hours of work, or a substantial decrease in business income caused by a reduction in opening hours or consumer demand, or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses if related to COVID-19.

    • A tenant’s lost household income as a result of caring for minor children affected by school, pre-school, and/or childcare closures also related to COVID-19.

  • The Ordinance only applies to “no-fault eviction notices” and not if a tenant is violating other terms of the lease such as conducting illegal activities.

  • If a tenant provides proper notice and documentation as required by the Ordinance a landlord may not act to evict the tenant during the effective date of the Ordinance.

  • If a landlord violates the Ordinance it provides a defense to the tenant in an unlawful detainer action. The City does not enforce the Ordinance.

Resources to Help Renters During COVID-19

Fair Housing Rights Center
The Housing Rights Center offers free fair housing services to residents throughout the Los Angeles County. These free services include:

  • Landlord-Tenant CounselingHRC Logo

  • Discrimination Investigation

  • Outreach and Education

Please contact the Housing Rights Center at (800) 477-5977 or click here for more information.

California Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482)

The California Tenant Protection Act of 2019 requires a landlord to have a “just cause” in order to terminate a tenancy. Additionally, it limits annual rent increases to no more than 5% + local inflation rate, or 10% whichever is lower. Please click here for more information.

Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison is offering flexible payment plans to customers impacted by COVID-19.SCE Logo

Link: https://www.sce.com/safety/coronavirus

SoCal Gas Company
SoCal gas company has different payment options for residents who are experiencing financing hardship due to  COVID-19. Please call 1-800-427-2200 or visit: Socal Gas Logo

Link: https://socalgas.com/coronavirus