5/30/2020 City of Mountain View Media Release City of Mountain View
Office of the City Manager
500 Castro St., 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA 94039

Subject :

Mountain View Extends Eviction Protections
Contact : Anky van Deursen
CSFRA Program Manager
(650) 282-2514

(Mountain View, Calif.) — At a special City Council Meeting on Friday, May 29, Mountain View extended the local urgency ordinance to suspend evictions for nonpayment of rent for residential tenants. The new protections prevent eviction through August 31 for those who qualify due to COVID-related hardships. In addition, an extension was also made to the payback period, which is now 180 days instead of 120 days from the expiration of the urgency ordinance. The ordinance extends to mobile home lot renters and can be mediated and enforced locally. An information portal and forms are available at MountainView.gov/EvictionRelief.

To get started, tenants must notify landlords of their inability to pay rent within seven days after rent is due and provide proof of hardship from COVID-19 related impacts within 14 days after rent is due. Hardship impacts include: substantial decrease in household income caused by layoffs or a reduction in the number of compensable hours of work; a substantial decrease in business income caused by a reduction in opening hours or consumer demand; the need to care for homebound children or sick household members or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses; all of which are caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any local, State or Federal government response to COVID-19.

Tenants must also repay landlords all past due rent within 180 days of the ordinance expiration date, and landlords may recover past due rent which is not repaid in a timely manner. Landlords may not charge or collect a late fee for rent that is delayed due to the ordinance and for 180 days after the expiration of the ordinance. Both tenants and landlords are strongly encouraged to work out a repayment plan for any past due rent. To help, landlords and tenants will have access to local mediation to assist in formulating repayment plans and resolving disputes. Landlords who violate the ordinance are subject to code enforcement action, administrative penalties and fines pursuant to the City Code.

Online forms and more information are now available at MountainView.gov/EvictionRelief or residents can also get assistance by contacting the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline team with an email to csfra@housing.org or by calling the help hotline at (650) 282-2514.

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