(Mountain View, Calif) – During their March 27 emergency meeting, Mountain View City Councilmembers passed an urgency ordinance to suspend renter evictions due to nonpayment of rent through May 31, 2020, if a resident can show COVID-19 related hardships. The temporary City ordinance became effective immediately and covers all residential rental property in the City, including mobile homes and mobile home lots. 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 repay landlords all past due rent within 120 days of the May 31 expiration date of the ordinance, 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 120 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 anyone can get assistance by contacting the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline team with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the help hotline at (650) 282-2514.
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