Santa Monica is extending the local emergency through January 31st

SANTA MONICA, CA – The city of Santa Monica announced Monday that it would be extending its local emergency through January 31 and expanding eviction protection for renters.

The forty-first emergency surcharge was signed on October 29, 2021. The city will continue to protect itself from eviction for reasons other than not paying rent and renewing the landlord’s eviction notice, officials said.

The new order adopts the provisions of the COVID-19 ruling to protect Los Angeles County tenants, including protecting evictions for reasons other than non-payment of rent. This includes the termination of rental contracts through no fault of their own, owner relocations, harassment and unauthorized residents or pets. The amendment also revises the email ([email protected]) and landlords can use this email to send notices of eviction efforts.

While the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent has expired, the nationwide rent assistance program is in place and renters can continue to be evicted if they apply for a state rent discount, officials said.

To date, nearly $ 18.5 million has been paid to landlords and tenants in Santa Monica, with an average support of $ 16,207 per household.

People can still apply for rent and utility allowances: Santa Monica renters and landlords who need help applying for state rent assistance can call 311.

Later expiration dates, which are specified in certain supplements, remain unchanged, as do rush orders that have not previously expired or changed. These include the suspension of water closures for failure to pay water bills; Los Angeles County Public Health Enforcement Adoption; Deadlines for noisy construction activities; Obligations to report in the event of evacuation efforts and deadline extensions for planning and licensing activities.

“As we enter the holiday season and gather together again safely with friends and loved ones, remember that COVID-19 remains a serious threat and we can take steps to prevent its spread,” City Manager David White said in a statement .

“Get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster if you are eligible and remember to schedule a flu shot,” White said. “Enjoy partying outside and if you move inside make sure your business is vaccinated. Thank you to the nearly 87 percent of our community who received the COVID-19 vaccine. “

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