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File #: 20-0439   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 3/31/2020
Title: Adopt an Emergency Ordinance Enacting a Moratorium on Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent by Residential Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic; Introduce a Regular Ordinance Enacting a Moratorium on Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent by Residential Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic; and Provide Direction Regarding any Desired Enhanced Provisions on Temporary Moratorium on Evictions of Commercial Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Attachments: 1. Emergency Eviction Moratorium Ordinance, 2. Regular Eviction Moratorium Ordinance, 3. County of Santa Clara Emergency ORDINANCE on Temporary Moratorium on Evictions, 4. Letters from the Community, 5. Neighboring Jurisdictions with Eviction Moratorium
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Adopt an Emergency Ordinance Enacting a Moratorium on Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent by Residential Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic; Introduce a Regular Ordinance Enacting a Moratorium on Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent by Residential Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic; and Provide Direction Regarding any Desired Enhanced Provisions on Temporary Moratorium on Evictions of Commercial Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Report
BACKGROUND
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International concern. On January 31, 2020, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency. On February 10, 2020, the Santa Clara County Public Health Officer announced a local health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

On March 12, 2020, in response to the spread of COVID-19, the Sunnyvale City Manager declared a local emergency, which was ratified by the City Council on March 17, 2020. In addition, on March 16, 2020, the Public Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara released an order directing all individuals living in the County to shelter at their place of residence except to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and government services. Further, the order directed all businesses and governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations in the County. As a result, many business and employers have had to close or significantly reduce operating levels resulting in a reduction of workforce and a reduction in income to individuals and to the businesses.

On March 16, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-28-20, which suspends state law that would otherwise preempt or restrict local jurisdictions' ...

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