March 27, 2020

RE: Moratorium on Evictions Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Property Manager:

I am writing to let you know about recent actions by the City of Rancho Cucamonga City Council in response to the COVID-19 crisis. On March 18, the Rancho Cucamonga City Council issued a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by residential or commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more details, please visit bit.ly/RCevictionOrdinance3182020
 
Two weeks ago, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, which among other things, provides local cities with the authority to impose limitations on residential and commercial evictions based on nonpayment of rent due to the COVID-19 crisis. With the sudden closing of businesses, restaurants, bars, theaters, and retail stores due to social distancing guidance provided by state and county officials, million of workers have been suddenly faced with furloughs, layoffs, or reduction in hours. As a result of the sudden loss of income, the housing security for many is threatened as their ability to pay the rent is compromised. Likewise, as businesses close or reduce their operating hours, they also find it difficult to pay their rent. If these individuals are suddenly in a homeless situation, their health and welfare is much more severely compromised.

For these reasons, the Rancho Cucamonga City Council joined other cities across the state to place a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions. The eviction moratorium applies only to evictions based on the non-payment of rent due to a financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A tenant must notify the landlord within 30 days after the rent is due and provide supporting documentation. Tenants are obligated to pay any rent due within 6 months of the City’s emergency declaration ending. As an urgency ordinance, the moratorium went immediately into effect and will last through May 31st for residential tenants and April 30th for commercial tenants unless the City’s emergency declaration ends sooner or is extended by the City Council. The City Council will review the commercial tenant moratorium again at the April 15th council meeting.

“Home renters in Rancho Cucamonga shouldn't have to worry about losing the roof over their head while there is so much uncertainty in the world today. Families have more important things to worry about and businesses in our city deserve peace of mind as well.” said Mayor L. Dennis Michael. “This moratorium will hopefully ease worries as we navigate through this crisis together and make it through stronger."

The Inland Fair Housing Mediation Board provides assistance with landlord-tenant and mobile home mediation  www.ifhmb.com . For more details, please visit  CityofRC.us/Coronavirus .

Governor Newsom has secured support from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to protect property owners and consumers.

Under the Governor’s proposal, property owners who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for a 90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments. To learn more about Governor Newsom’s Mortgage Payment Relief for Californians, visit bit.ly/CAmortgagerelief .

If you have questions, please contact Fabian Villenas, Principal Management Analyst, by calling 909-774-2006 or by email .

Sincerely,

John Gillison
City Manager, City of Rancho Cucamonga