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San Diego County approves moratorium on residential, commercial evictions for people affected by COVID 19


Read the full article by Charles T. Clark in the San Diego Union-Tribune here.

San Diego County will place a moratorium on all evictions of residential and commercial renters in the unincorporated areas who have seen their income reduced or been otherwise substantially economically harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday county supervisors unanimously approved a resolution creating the moratorium, which will last until May 31.

Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Kristin Gaspar, who co-authored the board letter introducing all three proposals, said the moratorium will help some San Diego County residents and businesses who have been hardest hit by business closures and reduced hours instituted to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The daily average of unemployment claims filed in California has reportedly skyrocketed over the past week, and the governor said more than 135,000 claims had been filed by end of last week.

“In these difficult economic times we are doing all we can to assure the public that we will get through this,” said Fletcher Tuesday.

“We want to make sure no one during this period of difficulty loses their home. We want to make sure everyone is fed. We want to make sure we can get through this in a humane and compassionate way and rebuild our economy going forward.”

Tuesday’s actions by the board capitalize on an executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week and bring the county in line with several other localities that have taken aim at halting evictions to lighten the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the governor enabled local cities and counties to put a moratorium on evictions through May 31, and so far many large localities have done that including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.