San Diego Supervisors Temporarily Ban Most Evictions

After five hours of public comment Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a temporary ban on almost all evictions in San Diego County. The vote was 3-2, with supervisors Jim Desmond and Joel Anderson voting no.

The ban will expire 60 days after statewide COVID restrictions are lifted, which is expected on June 15. Renters will be forgiven 20% of what is owed and landlords can recoup 80% from the state’s rent relief program.

The state’s extended eviction ban expires on June 30 and state lawmakers appear ready to let it lapse.

Landlords and property owners complained that San Diego’s moratorium would “destroy” the county’s housing market, in one person’s words.

Small landlords told the Board that they are suffering right alongside renters. They still have mortgages, taxes, and insurance to pay and are still responsible for necessary maintenance and repairs.

The moratorium does make exceptions for situations where health and safety are threatened.

Read more at CBS 8.