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Rental Housing Information

Mandatory Lease Ordinance Information

On May 7, 2019, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted Ordinance No. 5885 to require landlords to offer residential tenants one-year leases in many circumstances.  The Ordinance will become effective on June 7, 2019.  The Ordinance requires landlords to make the lease offer for current month-to-month tenants on or before September 5, 2019.  This office will not begin enforcement until September 9, 2019.

The Ordinance requires the city attorney to prepare a lease rejection form and post it on the City's website.  You will find the form as a Microsoft Word document HERE or as a Adobe Acrobat pdf HERE.  You may lawfully create your own form, or include lease rejection language in another rental document.

Temporary Eviction Moratorium Due to Coronavirus COVID-19

On March 24, 2020, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted Ordinance No. 5941 which allows commercial and residential tenants to defer rent payments when they are unable to pay because of income reductions due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The Temporary Eviction Moratorium Ordinance (TEMO) became effective immediately.  Tenants must provide written notice of their request for rent deferral within 20 days after the rent is due.  Details on the form of the notice and what it must contain are in the Ordinance and FAQs available below.

We are not permitted to provide legal advice to the public.  City Attorney Ariel Calonne will provide technical assistance to attorneys by telephone at (805) 564-5326.

The adopted text of the TEMO, Ordinance No. 5941, is located HERE.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) in English are located HERE.


Frequently asked questions in Spanish are located HERE.



Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020
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