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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Urgency Ordinance Provides Eviction and Rent Freeze Protections

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At a Board meeting on November 17, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-29 to continue the temporary prohibition on evictions of certain small-business commercial tenants financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This protection now continues through January 31, 2021. Protections for residential tenants were unchanged by the urgency ordinance and last through January 31, 2021. Ordinance No. 2020-29 supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-26. 

See Press Release (PDF). See Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-29 (PDF)

See Eviction and Rent Freeze Ordinance FAQs webpage for more information.

Resources for Tenants

For affordable housing information, visit https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/4807/Affordable- Housing.

Emergency rental assistance may be available at: https://shelterinc.org/get-help/rental- deposite-assistance.html.

Legal assistance may be available to tenants from Bay Area Legal Aid at: https://baylegal.org/.

Tenants in the City of Richmond may be able to obtain legal assistance from Eviction Defense Center at: https://www.evictiondefensecenteroakland.org/.

Businesses may obtain assistance at: https://www.wdbccc.com/. And a hotline has been established for small businesses, available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 833- 320-1919.

Other resources are available at: http://www.contracostaarc.com/assets/CARE/Financial_Assistance_15.pdf.

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm.

Resources for Landlords:

Resources for residential landlords may be available from the California Apartment Association, Contra Costa branch located in Pleasant Hill at: https://caanet.org/local/contra-costa/.

The County will continue to update its website as resources become available.

Resources on New State Law AB 3088:

The Judicial Council launched a new webpage this week to provide information on recent eviction legislation, AB 3088 (Chiu) – the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020. In addition to being a direct resource to tenants and landlords alike, the webpage also will supplement the work of self-help centers located in or near courthouses across the state. 

These centers provide assistance to litigants without representation in navigating the court process.

In related news, the Judicial Council recently approved forms to reflect changes to court procedures and practices needed to carry out AB 3088.

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