Santa Clara County Implements Moratorium on Evictions for Unincorporated Areas – NBC Bay Area
Santa Clara County has adopted a moratorium on evictions for unincorporated areas of the county, as state tenant protections are expected to expire at the end of the month.
The county’s resolution was passed unanimously by the supervisory board at its meeting on Tuesday. The moratorium will be in effect from July 1 to September 30.
“We relied on the state’s temporary moratorium… and it expires on June 30,” Supervisor Otto Lee said. “That is why it is necessary.”
Lee argued the moratorium should extend to all areas of the county, but county attorney James Williams said the county lacks the legal authority to force cities to implement the ‘stop evictions.
Williams said the county didn’t even have the power to create an ordinance with a membership option for cities, which is why the emergency ordinance only affects unincorporated areas.
However, the county attorney continued that the county was ready to help any city draft a similar ordinance in case state protections were not extended.
State lawmakers are currently debating whether to extend tenant protection, especially since the state has only distributed about $ 50 million of its $ 1.4 billion allocated for relief. rents.
The legislature is expected to make the decision during the next week, when the state budget is finalized.