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BURBANK EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2020

Post Date:06/25/2020 2:23 PM

BURBANK EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2020

RENT REPAYMENT URGENCY ORDINANCE ADOPTED APRIL 21, 2020;  RENT REPAYMENT DATE - NOVEMBER 30, 2020

On March 17, 2020, the Burbank City Council adopted an urgency ordinance in response to COVID-19 and the Governor’s Executive Order N. 28-20 that waived certain Statutory restrictions enabling local governments to set limitations on residential and commercial evictions.  The moratorium was extended on June 23, 2020, and will expire July 31, 2020, unless amended or extended by the City Council. Read the order here.

The eviction moratorium extension protects both residential and certain commercial tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 through July 2020.  The moratorium extension excludes a commercial tenant that is a multi-national company, a publicly traded company, or a company that is not eligible for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.  Furthermore, the moratorium extension requires a tenant unable to pay the rent to give notice to the landlord with the reasons for non-payment.  Finally, the tenant must retain verifiable documentation of the reason for the non-payment of rent and this documentation must be provided to the landlord no later than thirty days from the rent due date.

The extended eviction moratorium does not allow tenants to forgo the payment of rent.  The rent repayment provision was amended on April 21, 2020, through the adoption of an Urgency Ordinance for the Repayment of Rent (Ordinance link https://www.burbankca.gov/home/showdocument?id=53371 ).  The adopted rent repayment ordinance amends the eviction moratorium changing the repayment of back rent due, and added the repayment of late fees and/or penalties and interest, if any, to November 30, 2020.  It will expire November 30, 2020, unless extended by the City Council.

With the new rent repayment ordinance in place, commercial and residential tenants that were not able to pay April 2020 rent; and residential or qualified commercial tenants that could not pay May, June and July 2020 rent due to COVID-19, are given until November 30, 2020 to repay amounts due.  The rent repayment ordinance allows tenants the opportunity to work out a rent repayment plan for that back due rent, penalties or fees to November 30, 2020.

Additional updates, if any, will be posted to the City’s website.

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