On June 8, 2021, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved an Urgency Ordinance which bars evictions related to nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 financial hardship in unincorporated Marin through September 30, 2021. Other Marin jurisdictions, including San Rafael, Fairfax and San Anselmo, also passed local Urgency Ordinances providing eviction protections in June 2021.
On Monday, June 28, 2021, Governor Newsom signed AB 832, extending statewide eviction protections against evictions for COVID-19 related nonpayment of rent until September 30, 2021, which will generally take precedence over local Urgency Ordinances.
If a landlord is attempting to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent, they must first provide a 15-day notice and a blank declaration of financial hardship form (Español, Tiếng Việt, русский, فارسی). Under this Urgency Ordinance, “COVID-19 financial distress” is defined as:
- Loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Increased out-of-pocket expenses directly related to performing essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Increased expenses directly related to health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic that limit my ability to earn income;
- Increased costs for childcare or attending to an elderly, disabled, or sick family member directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have reduced income or increased expenses.