These are tough times for everyone. To provide some relief for renters, on March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom passed a second Executive Order ( N-37-20 ) implementing additional eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This second order states that if an unlawful detainer action is filed against a tenant for nonpayment of rent, and the tenant notified the landlord within at least seven days after the rent became due that the tenant was unable to pay the rent for reasons related to COVID-19, the tenant will have 65 days to respond to the unlawful detainer complaint (instead of the usual 5 days) and no writ to enforce the sheriff lockout will be enforced. The order requires the tenant to “retain” verification of a COVID-19 related financial hardship which “ may be provided to the landlord no later than the time upon payment of back due rent.”
The Governor’s order states that these protections shall be in place through May 31, 2020.