San Marcos stops evictions during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 18:16:36-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) — San Marcos City Council leaders Tuesday approved a temporary moratorium against evictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the measure, landlords will not be able to evict tenants who have experienced personal or business income loss caused by layoffs or loss of hours, or out-of-pocket medical expenses due to the COVID-19.

The measure is in place until May 31, 2020.

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City leaders say the measure does not mean tenants are not responsible for paying any owed rent to their landlord. Rent can be deferred until after May 31.

The city says that tenants affected by COVID-19 should notify their landlords within 30 days of their rent being due of their financial hardship due to the virus.

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Tenants who are eligible and are still being threatened with eviction can contact the city through its "report a concern" button on its website here.

"Please avoid this situation and work proactively with your tenants; in these difficult times it is important to work together to come to a mutually acceptable alternative payment schedule," a city release said.