|As you know, the United States and the State of California are implementing certain restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. In order to protect our clients and staff, our office is currently closed to the public and are not conducting meetings in our office. We are still open and able to communicate with you via telephone and email.|
On March 16, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, which allows local governments to halt residential or commercial evictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Executive Order remains in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. This means that the local authorities may enact emergency legislation that restricts evictions for non-payment of rent when there is a documented decrease in household income caused by COVID-19. No local ordinances have been issued, but we expect to see such laws enacted shortly. This does not mean that tenants can stop paying rent or otherwise breach their rental agreement/lease.
Currently, the San Diego Superior Court has rescheduled all hearings, including those for general civil matters, evictions, and small claims trials that are scheduled from March 17, 2020 to April 3, 2020. It is unclear how the Court will handle rescheduling. Additionally, the Court issued a General Order declaring March 17, 2020 to April 3, 2020 as court holidays.
At this time, the Court is not processing paperwork. This information is subject to change and our office will make every effort to keep you up to date as more information is available to our office.