Ocean View Hills Nestor San Diego
San Diego's Nestor neighborhood seen here on Dec. 12, 2021. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

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A moratorium to keep landlords from evicting tenants who are up to date on their rent is now set to go into effect on May 22. 

Last Friday, Mayor Todd Gloria signed the so-called no-fault eviction moratorium pushed by City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera to try to protect tenants as the region grapples with a surging cost-of-living crisis. The City Council took a crucial second vote to approve the moratorium early last week. 

Once enacted, the moratorium will bar landlords in the city from forcing out tenants to take properties off the market or make significant upgrades not ordered by government agencies or that tenants have agreed to. It will stay in effect until Sept. 30 or 60 days after the end of the local state of emergency, whichever comes first. 

Elo-Rivera has said the new moratorium is an attempt to close an eviction loophole that could create thousands of dollars in unexpected costs for families and potentially increase homelessness without city action. The moratorium is separate from the statewide eviction moratorium extended last month that only applies to tenants who did not pay rent due to COVID-related challenges and applied for rental assistance by March 31. 

Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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    1. Thank you. At least there’s one person who can see the damage this moratorium is going to cause. Hope you are elected to lead CD2. We need you!

  1. For all intents and purposes, life has returned to the new normal for living with SARS-CoV-2 in the world. Just wondering what, exactly, constitutes the continued, local “state of emergency”? And what is the reasoning behind the date of September 30?

  2. This will be in court before the ink is dry! It is a blatant violation of private property rights.

  3. What about people who have a notice to vacate because the landlord wants to sell the property? Is that notice still enforceable or does the landlord need to issue a new one?

  4. Question about this moratorium, can tenants be evicted for cause if they break rules or cause trouble?

  5. I too am against this 1000% – how can the City of San Diego dictate usage of private property?

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