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CA Governor Issues Emergency Order on Residential Evictions

California Governor Newsom has issued an Executive Order to provide relief until May 31, 2020 from eviction to residential tenants in California during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 4, 2020, Governor Newson declared the existence of a state of emergency for the State of California in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequent to that declaration, California’s Governor has issued multiple Executive Orders. On March 16, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-28-20, which in part ordered in Section (1): “The time limitation set forth in Penal Code section 396, subdivision (f), concerning protections against residential evictions, is hereby waived. Those protections shall be in effect through May 31, 2020.”

Penal Code § 396(f) provides in part: “It is unlawful for a person, business, or other entity to evict any residential tenant of residential housing after the proclamation of a state of emergency declared by … the Governor … and for a period of 30 days following that proclamation or declaration, or any period that the proclamation or declaration is extended by the applicable authority and rent or offer to rent to another person at a rental price greater than the evicted tenant could be charged under this section…” (Emphasis added.)

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