Renter and Business Protections

Visit the State's Housing is Key website for information about eviction protections under AB 3088, COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020.

City & County Emergency Ordinances Impose Moratoriums on Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent

In response to the hardships many in our community are facing due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and the health orders, moratoriums have been adopted to ban residential and commercial evictions in the City of San Mateo.

The San Mateo City Council and County Board of Supervisors have each adopted emergency ordinances that prohibit evictions for nonpayment of rent by current tenants who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Between the County and City ordinances, renters of any type of residential property, and small businesses tenants are protected in the City of San Mateo. The ordinances allow for a deferral, not a waiver of rents.

  • City Adopts Emergency Ordinance Imposing a Moratorium on Commercial Evictions
    The San Mateo City Council adopted an emergency ordinance (English, Spanish) imposing a ban covering commercial evictions. The moratorium expired Sept. 30, 2020, however tenants may have up to 12 months to repay rent. 
  • County Board of Supervisors Adopts Emergency Ordinance Imposing a Moratorium on Residential Evictions
    The County Board of Supervisors placed a moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent that applies throughout the cities and towns of San Mateo County. The ordinance ran through Aug. 31, 2020.

Noticing for Landlords

The ordinances require landlords to notify tenants of the moratorium before attempting to take any action to evict a tenant.

Key Features of Ordinances

The City of San Mateo has a robust community of small businesses, and nearly half of its residents are renters. Key features include:

  • During the local emergency landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to a financial hardship caused by COVID-19
  • Tenants must notify their landlord and demonstrate a connection to COVID-19
  • Protections would apply to nonprofits, and commercial tenants with annual gross receipts of less than $25 million
  • Tenants are still required to pay back rent, and may have up to 12 months after the emergency is lifted

Other Resources: 


    State of California

    San Mateo County Health

    San Mateo County

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention


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