13.110.020 Prohibited Conduct.

A.    During the local State of Emergency, no landlord or other entity shall evict or attempt to evict an occupant of real property unless necessary for the health and safety of residents. For purposes of this Ordinance, the basis for an exception to this Ordinance cannot be the Resident’s COVID-19 illness or exposure to COVID-19, whether actual or suspected.

B.    Residential Eviction Moratorium. It shall be a complete defense to any action for unlawful detainer that the notice upon which the action is based was served or expired, or that the complaint was filed or served during the local State of Emergency.

C.    No landlord of an Impacted Business or Nonprofit may upon expiration of a lease increase rent for an Impacted Business or Nonprofit in an amount greater than ten (10) percent over the rent in effect at the commencement of the local state of emergency declared by the Director of Emergency Services. For purposes of this section, rent means all consideration for the use and enjoyment of the rented premises, including base rent and any additional rent or other charges for costs such as utilities, maintenance, cleaning, trash removal, repairs and any other charges to the tenant required under the rental agreement. This section 13.110.020 C. shall expire on May 31, 2020, concurrent with Executive Order N-28-20; provided, however, that this section shall be automatically extended if Executive Order N-28-20 is extended or the tenant protections therein are extended pursuant to another Governor’s Executive Order.

D.    For the duration of the local State of Emergency, if a tenant has a Covered reason for delayed payment the tenant may terminate a lease or rental agreement with 30 days’ notice without penalty. A tenant may also exercise rights under this subsection if the tenants or roommates of the tenants are or were registered at an educational institution that cancelled or limited in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ord. 7762-NS § 1, 2021; Ord. 7743-NS § 1, 2020; Ord. 7720-NS § 1, 2020: Ord. 7704-NS § 1 (part), 2020: Ord. 7698-NS § 1 (part), 2020: Ord. 7693-NS § 1 (part), 2020)