Hayward extends eviction moratorium

HAYWARD — Household tenants and those people who are leasing a enterprise are finding a bit of very good news: The city has prolonged its moratorium on household and professional evictions by way of June.

The aim is to assist folks who might be battling to stabilize their finances — and to keep a roof over their heads and their firms afloat — so that they have time to safe compensation agreements with their landlords amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previous March, the Hayward Metropolis Council placed a 90-working day unexpected emergency moratorium on evictions of household tenants unable to fork out hire brought on by the pandemic.

Then in June, the council extended the moratorium to include both of those household and commercial evictions. It was established to expire Jan. 31.

Renters are not off the hook from inevitably owning to pay out, however.

“Clearly, we in no way mentioned this lease is just forgiven,” Mayor Barbara Halliday explained Jan. 26, when the council unanimously backed the extension. “This rent is likely to be due when this crisis is more than and people are again to perform.”

The council’s steps adopted Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing an executive buy previous March in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19. It licensed community jurisdictions to prohibit industrial and residential evictions primarily based on not having to pay rent or home loan payments, where by the failure to pay back is associated to the pandemic.

Final thirty day period, Newsom signed a monthly bill extending the state’s coronavirus-connected eviction moratoriums, holding them in spot via June 30.

So considerably, Hayward has offered 459  grants — up to $2,500 just about every — to household tenants to aid folks shell out their rents, according to the metropolis. The metropolis has dedicated an further $745,000 and anticipates providing an supplemental 260 grants.

The Metropolis Council also appropriated $125,000 to Alameda County’s COVID-19 Little Business enterprise Grant application on Dec. 8. Companies that utilize should exhibit experienced to close or lay off team simply because of COVID-19 and need to have a valid enterprise license and agree to adhere to Alameda County General public Well being rules.

The application been given far more than 1,900 grant applications, together with more than 700 from Hayward businesses, and the county issued 50 $5,000 grants to Hayward firms. Companies were being chosen by way of a random lottery.

“A number of actions were place in area to safeguard individuals from the distribute of COVID-19, like point out-of-unexpected emergency executive orders and shelter-in-spot orders,” Christina Morales, a housing division manager with the city, advised the council. “And due to the fact of that and the loss of work opportunities and the reduction in small business earnings and organization closures, the city observed it required to enact an eviction moratorium to guard the two renters and business tenants.”

Councilman Francisco Zermeno stated he supported extending the moratorium. But he reported he was also anxious that landlords of more compact homes had been using a hit.

“This is 1 additional move I consider we will keep on to do for a lengthy, long time,” Zermeno said. “I just have to have to remind us all that we need to have to make confident that modest mom-and-pop home owners, who hire a home, a next dwelling, who have to have that rental revenue — that nest egg that they created up — may possibly also have to have defense. We can’t ignore them.”