County CEO Extends Limitations on Evictions to May 31

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Gary McBride, the County’s chief executive officer, has issued a resolution extending the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions until May 31, 2020. Shortly after declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order empowering local governments to impose limitations on residential evictions and foreclosures.

Evictions typically occur when rents or mortgages go unpaid, and such delinquencies have risen dramatically as residents lose income due to business closures, lost wages, and layoffs. The moratorium allows renters and mortgage holders to delay payment due to financial hardship — though it does not relieve them of the obligation to pay rent or restrict a landlord’s ability to (eventually) collect rent.

“These businesses and individuals are not responsible for their sudden financial distress, which is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said McBride. “At this time the virus remains a threat, and continuing efforts to control its spread remain crucial to public health and safety. So it will be a while before our economy is back to normal and people are able to meet their financial obligations in a timely fashion.”

In addition, the County’s Housing Authority is extending deadlines for housing assistance recipients or applicants to submit records or documents related to their eligibility for programs.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

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