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San Diego Sheriff's Department resumes 'pre-pandemic evictions'

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Posted at 7:38 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 09:41:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego Sheriff's Department says it has resumed conducting pre-pandemic evictions but continues to make that decision on a case-by-case basis.

The department said in a statement that it served 12 evictions in July.

"The priority of enforcement focused on vacant locations or locations with reports of criminal activity. When possible, deputies conducted pre-eviction interviews and offered community resources to those who may need them at the pre-eviction interview and on the day of the lockout," SDSO's statement read.

Of the 12 evictions last month, one was at a commercial property and 11 were at residential properties.

Of the 11 properties, six were occupied and five were abandoned, SDSO said. In four of the six properties, deputies said criminal activities had taken place at the residences.

At the fifth location, deputies say they found an elderly woman who was suffering from mental illness with health concerns and living with no heat or water. She was taken to a hospital.

SDSO said the court order for the sixth location was about to expire so it had to be served.

Last month, San Diego City Council leaders voted to extend a rent payback period on renters who have lost income due to COVID-19 until December 30. Renters are also required to follow the rules in leases, but landlords cannot evict a tenant for nonpayment due to COVID-19.