Board of Supervisors Approves Ordinance to Extend Eviction Protection to Commercial Tenants

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Martinez, CA – At a Board meeting on November 17, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed urgency ordinance 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.

Contra Costa County’s Urgency Ordinance 2020-29 provides protections pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-80-20, which extends, through March 31, 2021, the authority of local jurisdictions to suspend the evictions of commercial tenants for the non-payment of rent if the non-payment was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Board of Supervisors recognizes that the already struggling business environment has become even more challenging with the recent rise of COVID-19 cases,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, Board Chair. “As we follow public health orders and guidance intended to protect lives, we have to support businesses however we can.”

Read the full document Ordinance No. 2020-29 (PDF). Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding this ordinance on the County website soon.

For information and resources, visit Contra Costa County at www.contracosta.ca.gov. For COVID-19 updates, visit Contra Costa Health Services at https://cchealth.org/coronavirus.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the multilingual Call Center at 1-844-729-8410, open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For assistance after hours in multiple languages, please call 211 or 800-833-2900 or text HOPE to 20121.

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