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Invitation for Public Comment on Draft Just Cause Eviction and Relocation Assistance Ordinance

On February 11, 2020, the Santa Barbara City Council directed preparation of a Just Cause Eviction Ordinance which would be more protective than the state's Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482).  The City Council also directed preparation of a Relocation Assistance Nexus Study for further consideration of possible relocation assistance payments for no-fault just cause evictions.  The City retained Keyser Marston Associates, Inc. (KMA) to prepare the study.

On April 17, 2020, the City Attorney's Office released a Public Comment Draft package including four documents:  1) Staff report to the City Council's Ordinance Committee, 2) draft Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, 3) draft Relocation Assistance Payment Amount Resolution, and 4) the KMA Relocation Assistance Study.  The package is available for download HERE.

This matter was originally scheduled to be heard by the City Council Ordinance Committee on April 21, 2020.  Due to COVID-19, this meeting is being delayed to accommodate and encourage increased written public participation.  You are invited to deliver written comments to City Attorney Ariel Calonne at no later than May 15, 2020.  Your comments will be summarized and presented to the Ordinance Committee during its deliberations. 

Please call City Attorney Ariel Calonne at (805) 564-5326 should you have questions.

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.  The TEMO was initially slated to expire on May 31, 2020.  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.

On May 19, 2020, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted Ordinance No. 5943 to extend the TEMO to be in effect as long as the Governor's Executive Order N-28-20 remains in effect.  On May 29th, Governor's Newsom's Executive Order N-66-20 extended EO N-28-20, and as a result the TEMO, until July 28, 2020.  The Council also specified that tenants must repay any deferred rent in 12 equal monthly installments after expiration of the COVID-19 emergency orders, now projected to be July 28, 2020. 

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.

UPDATED JUNE 10, 2020:  The adopted text of the TEMO extension, Ordinance No. 5943, is located HERE.

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

UPDATED JUNE 10, 2020:  Frequently asked questions (FAQs) in English are located HERE.  

UPDATED JUNE 10, 2020:  Frequently asked questions in Spanish are located HERE.


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.


Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020
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