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San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas (Photo: sandiegocounty.gov)

San Diego County Board of Supervisors to Halt Nearly All Evictions Under New Ordinance

Tenants will only need to pay landlords 20% to avoid eviction

By Evan Symon, May 5, 2021 11:05 am

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that strengthens eviction protections countywide on Tuesday, creating one of the strictest eviction bans in the state.

Passed by a close 3-2 vote, the ordinance will halt all “just cause” evictions, including those being let go for lease violations, and can only be evicted for health and safety violations. Property owners will also not be able to move back into their property and remove the renter, or remove the renter for building rehab reasons.

Due to massive outcry from landlords, rent will also not be completely forgiven. Tenants will need to pay at least 20% to stay on good on lease terms, with the additional rent balance to be paid to landlords through the California rent relief program.

In addition, rent increases will be capped at around 4%, being tied to the Consumer Price Index inflation rate for the San Diego area.

The ordinance will be temporary, with it expiring 60 days  following California lifting all COVID-19 stay at home orders, which is currently scheduled to happen on June 15th.

Supporters of the ordinance noted that the additions were needed due to landlords in the County finding lease violation loopholes to evict renters despite state law protecting them from eviction until the end of June. Many also noted that renters needed to stay the extra few months due to COVID-19 still posing a threat to those looking for new places to live post-eviction, as well as to lower the risk of homelessness by providing extra time to find another place to stay.

“There is still not enough protection for tenants,” said County Supervisor Nora Vargas, who introduced the eviction ordinance, on Tuesday. “This is temporary aid that will help renters on their journey to recovery.”

In a follow-up tweet, Vargas expanded on her reasoning to add the additional renter protections.

Today was a huge victory for our county’s most vulnerable citizens & I thank my colleagues Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer for standing in solidarity with the thousands of residents facing eviction through one of the hardest economic crises of our lifetime,” tweeted Vargas.

“I ran on the premise of making government work for everyone, & today I advocated for individuals & families who don’t have lobbyists and have long struggled to have access to government. This action today demonstrates the spirit of who we are as a county – the true safety net for our communities.”

Landlords, some lawmakers oppose ordinance

However, many had come out to oppose the ordinance, with so many either writing or calling in that the ordinance hearing took around five hours to get through. Many said that the ordinance would not only hurt the housing market, but that landlords and tenants alike would be hurt because of the longer eviction and payment timetable. Many lawmakers, including Supervisor Jim Desmond, Supervisor Joel Anderson, and Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, made their opposition be known on Tuesday.

“This policy really sets them up for failure, and so when they are finally unable to pay this large bill that is due and they are evicted, they are going to have a very difficult time in the future actually finding a place to call home again,” said Mayor Bailey before the vote.

Landlords, however, remained the most upset over the ordinance.

“There is nothing compassionate about this ordinance,” said San Diego landlord Wilton Moreno to the Globe on Wednesday. “So many of us had planned around that June 30th date, and now that’s gone. Do these Board members know that we have bills to pay, a lot of bills and taxes to pay? Without rent and back rent, we’re screwed. And we can’t work off of getting 20% of the rent now and 80% later from the state. It  really messes up our payment schedules and doesn’t guarantee us a better tenant to get a more steady stream of income that someone that we wanted to evict can’t.

“I’m not one to get angry over anything, but I will say that I’m disappointed in the board. The ones who voted say that they are being compassionate, but I guess that doesn’t extend to people who own the building just trying to make a living. They call people losing their business and place to live compassionate?”

The new ordinance is scheduled to come into effect in early June.

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6 thoughts on “San Diego County Board of Supervisors to Halt Nearly All Evictions Under New Ordinance

  1. This type of leftist activism and calls for “solidarity” against private property owners must be opposed at the LOCAL level on city councils and boards of supervisors. The California GOP must become more supportive of grassroots Republican organizers to develop candidates at the local level; AND advance their winners up through the political system. I have seen, first hand, how the Democrats do this using their local district operatives who coordinate and quarterback the process. Republicans are NOT as well prepared and unified. They get too much in the weeds with their “conservativeness” checklist litmus test for candidates, for example.

    1. Never happen: What exists now through application of a covert socioeconomic conspiracy is a transition of the majority populous to those who have everything to gain by taking form others and acting irresponsibly. The covid ruse, and that what it is facilitated Americas formal shift to a fascist form of corrupt government; all bad from here!

  2. P.S. The Democrat organization involves a network of “mentors” at each level; so that the candidate is guaranteed to receive support as they advance. Does the California GOP have such a system set up?

  3. California will never end the eviction ban. If they do the homeless crisis that currently exists will quadruple. Newsome will be blamed, deservedly. The economic restrictions put in place around the world were never intended to “slow the spread”, they were implemented to weaken the evil middle class that got too big and powerful and put Disruptor Trump into office. You’ll see, the current eviction ban will be extended come June 2021.

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