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Moratorium on Evictions

On March 24th, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of a temporary suspension of evictions for qualifying residential and commercial tenants in Union City. 

The Ordinance prohibits evictions for residential and commercial tenants that can show:

1. Inability to pay rent due to, or arising out of a substantial decrease in household or business income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses; and

2. The decrease in income, or out-of-pocket medical expenses, was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any local, state, or federal government response to COVID-19, and is documented in writing. 

Qualifying impacts on residential tenants related to COVID-19 include:

• COVID-19 illness or caring for a household or family member with COVID-19 illness 

• Work closures, layoffs, job loss, a reduction in the number of compensable hours or other economic or employer impacts

• Missing work due to a minor child’s school closure, compliance with government health authority orders, or other similarly-caused reasons.

Qualifying impacts on commercial tenants related to COVID-19 include:

• Work closures

• Reduction in staff reporting to work 

• Reduction in opening hours

• Reduction in consumer demand

• Compliance with government health authority orders 

• Other similarly-caused reason resulting in loss of business income

Stipulations:

• Tenants have 10 days after rent is due to notify landlord

• Tenant that meets the requirements of the ordinance has an affirmative defense in unlawful detainer proceeding

• The moratorium on rent for a tenant that meets the requirements of the ordinance is in effect until May 31, 2020, the expiration of the local emergency or the Governor’s proclamation of a state of emergency, whichever occurs last

• Tenants will have ninety (90) days from the end of the moratorium to pay any back-due rent

Read the full ordinance here.