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Coronavirus Santa Clara County places temporary moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19 pandemic

Santa Clara County places temporary moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19 pandemic

A countywide urgency ordinance has been passed by the Board of Supervisors. The result: evictions will now be temporarily prohibited in Santa Clara County due to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.

Said Supervisor Dave Cortese, “To prevent this public health emergency from escalating, we must keep residents safe in their home.”

With this ordinance in place, no residential tenant throughout Santa Clara County can be evicted for failure to pay rent or through a no-fault eviction if that tenant has suffered a loss of income or had to cover medical expenses due to the novel coronavirus. In addition, even after the pandemic ends, the ordinance shall allow tenants a 120-day grace period to get their rent payments in. This ordinance will last until May 31. 

“This is a common-sense, compassionate step that is fair to both renters and property owners,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian. “The Ordinance does not eliminate the need to pay rent, but it does provide an important grace period for those in our community who have been directly impacted financially by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. And it ensures that we don’t further complicate the situation by increasing our homeless population unnecessarily.”

 



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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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