COVID - 19 Update

California Governor Gavin Newsom just ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home, restricting non-essential movements to control the spread of the coronavirus that threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system.  This comes after issuing an executive order on Monday evening making it clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak.

 

Myself and my staff at Good Neighbor Home Management have been communicating on your behalf to our local governments and city representatives so that they pursue reasonable measures for both rental property owners and renters and that their policies are consistent with the parameters in the executive order.

 

According to the governor’s order, such ordinances should spell out that if a tenant cannot pay the rent because of COVID-19, that tenant’s rental payment is deferred for a reasonable period but not waived.

 

Newsom’s order also extended through May 31, 2020, a provision of the state’s anti-price gouging law that prohibits a landlord from evicting a tenant and then charging the new tenant a rent higher than could have been legally charged to the evicted tenant.

 

Our city, San Diego, has approved COVID-19 eviction moratoria.  You can find the official document below.  A full list of jurisdictions that have imposed or are considering temporary eviction prohibitions can be found at CAA’s COVID-19 resources page. Please check this page periodically for updates.

 

It has been my experience that in times of uncertainty, more communication is better than business as usual.  People, tenants or landlords, are less fearful when they understand facts.  Each of my Tenants and Landlords have unique situations to which myself and my staff will help navigate one at a time.

 

As of March 20, Good Neighbor Home Management will be taking the following precautions in accordance with City, County, and State Ordinances:

  • The use of common areas are highly discouraged and in some cases, will not be allowed. Notices will be posted for closed common areas

  • Property inspections for tenant move in and move out procedures will still be performed.  Virtual inspections may be necessary and each case will be evaluated individually

  • All non-essential maintenance requests and work orders will be suspended until such time when the ordinance has been lifted

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please let us know via email and we can set up a time to talk over the phone.  

Thank you - Gabe

CAL BRE #01919788

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