Senate Bill 91 – Extension of COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act

Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 91 into law on January 29, 2021. The new law extends the eviction protections for tenants provided in Assembly Bill No. 3088 to July 1, 2021. The following is a summary of some of the Act. To review the entire Act, click here: Senate Bill No. 91, you may also review the additional fact sheet here.

As provided for in SB 91, a landlord is prohibited from charging or attempting to collect fees assessed for the late payment of COVID-19 rental debt or increasing fees charged to a tenant or charging the tenant fees for services previously provided without charge.

SB 91 allows landlords to collect all missed rent payments in small claims court starting August 2021.

SB 91 prohibits a housing provider, tenant screening company, or other entity that evaluates tenants on behalf of a housing provider from using an alleged COVID-19 rental debt as a negative factor when evaluating a prospective housing application or as the basis for refusing to rent a dwelling unit to an otherwise qualified prospective tenant.

The law applies to all residential rental tenants and mobile home residents, including single-family home and ADU rentals.

Rosemead residents are encouraged to contact the Housing Rights Center or 211 LA for more information and assistance.
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Previous updates to the Eviction Moratorium: 

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).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N-28-20, this Ordinance will continue automatically beyond May 31, 2020 to the date of the Governor’s extension, unless superseded.”

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.

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. Executive Order N-71-20 supersedes this first extension until September 30, 2020.

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.

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

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


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