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.



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