Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic



The Executive Order authorizes local governments to halt evictions, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shut offs


SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.


The Executive Order comes as Californians are experiencing substantial loss of hours or wages, or layoffs related to COVID-19, affecting their ability to keep up with their rents, mortgages, and utility bills.


“People shouldn’t lose or be forced out of their home because of the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Newsom. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will have to make sacrifices – but a place to live shouldn’t be one of them. I strongly encourage cities and counties take up this authority to protect Californians.”   


The order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period.


The Governor’s Executive Order asks the California Public Utilities Commission to monitor measures undertaken by public and private utility providers to implement customer service protections for critical utilities, including electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone, and cell phone service on a weekly basis.


The full Executive Order can be found here


  1. Lina Angulo

    Please I really need this help

  2. Sally Carrey

    Yes, everyone is worrying about this.

    • Angeles

      What about the people the pay taxes ones a year? What can be done about that? Do we still pay for the taxes ? Thank you

  3. Larry Ruby

    I am all for protecting the renter in these difficult times but what legislation is being enacted to relieve the property owner of there continued obligation to continue to make mortgage payments. The ability to make these payments is predicated on receiving rental income.

  4. Wendy Smith

    Has Civil Code Section 1947.3 been amended in recent weeks due to COVID-19? My landlord is forcing us to make rent payments electronically. I do not want to do that I don’t believe they have the right to do that.

  5. Denise d Lewis

    December, 2020, I received a notice 15 days for violation of lease because I allowed a friend to keep there animals because to they were forced out of their home of 5 years.

    I moved in my duplex 413 E 116th ST Los Angeles, CA 90061 in October, 2018. I started to difficulty making payment because of the Covid Pandemic. I had an agency that worked with my youth for MH services I which they were going to pay one month rent. The mgt company would not sign the I9 form there fore I was not able to get funding.

    In December,2020 they served my 16 year old son the eviction summons, in which I did not know had come. They again served the notice in January and again served my 16 year old son. There were no other adults in my home. Although my lease has another party he did not live in my home was only used as a co-signer. In court the judge stated that both of us were served, which was not true because FReddy didn’t live there and I was hospitalized with my 2 covid infection from Jan 21- March 6,2021.

    My family of 7 children under 18, and myself were removed with only the things we could carry.
    The mgt owner was disrespectful, making such statements like “All this people living here and you guys couldn’t piece up $2000.

    • Denise d Lewis

      My lease had expired in 2019, I was never given a new lease my rent went from $2195 to $2495 a month. My place had termites was never dealt with. The unit had roaches and they claimed exterminator was coming but never came to unit. When I moved in the owner s knew about a pipe leak that caused toilets to overflow and feces to come to through bathtub. Called plumbing company who advised that were aware of the problem for a year. onwers refused to paint unit prior to move in, and refused to remove soil carpet from constant toilet overflows.
      In addition I lived on the bottom floor were the unit had no bars on the windows. I had one near break in the middle of the night while we were sleeping. I contacted the owner to ask for more lighting and bars on the windows. I was denied and I asked if I could place flood lights on the unit, denied because owner did not want structure damage.

      My family is need of HELP! We need housing



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