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COVID-19 Tenant Protection 


On September 30, 2020, the City of Sacramento moratorium allowing non-payment of rent for residential tenants expired.

Tenants who were covered under the City of Sacramento emergency eviction moratorium and who continue to experience a loss of income or increased expenses due to COVID-19 are extended eviction protection under the new state law AB 3088 and SB 91.

HOUSING IS KEY: AB 3088 (COVID-19 Income Loss and/or Increased Expense)

On August 31, 2020, the new state law (AB 3088) was signed by the Governor and on January 29, 2021 the law was extended (SB 91). The law is applicable to ALL residential tenants experiencing a financial impact due to COVID 19.

  • The landlord must send tenants a COVID-19 declaration and tenants must sign and return it within 15 days if you have a COVID-19 loss of income and/or increased expense and are unable to pay the full amount of rent. This declaration can be required each month and must be submitted to avoid eviction.
  • Pay minimum of 25% of the rent due each month from September 2020 through June 2021, or if you’re unable to pay that amount, you can pay the 25% owed by June 30, 2021 to avoid eviction.
  • A landlord cannot evict for nonpayment of back rent but can collect through small claims court process. 

Please visit, the State of California resource for tenants and landlords for more detailed information on AB 3088 and SB 91 and its requirements.


March 24, 2020

Eviction moratorium ordinance was amended to include commercial tenants and to waive late fees. Commercial tenants must submit a Delay of Rent form prior to the day rent is due for each month.

June 30, 2020

Eviction moratorium amended to protect only first floor commercial tenants. Eviction moratorium ends for all other commercial tenants.

September 23, 2020

Governor order extends commercial eviction moratorium (first floor tenants only) to March 31, 2021.

October 28, 2020

Deadline for commercial tenants other than first floor tenants to pay unpaid rents for the period of March 2020 to June 2020.

March 4, 2021

Governor order extends commercial eviction moratorium (first floor tenants only) to June 30, 2021.

June 30, 2021

Commercial eviction moratorium expires.

October 28, 2021

Deadline for first floor commercial tenants to pay unpaid rents for the period March 2020 to June 2021.

Additional Resources and Information

Mediation Services now available

Residential and commercial landlords and tenants who are interested in addressing and resolving rent payments and tenancy issues related to COVID-19 can contact the Sacramento CARES Mediation Services at or call (916) 850-9010 for assistance. There is no charge to landlords or tenants to participate in mediation and they can request multiple sessions.


COVID-19 Business Video Series: City of Sacramento’s Temporary Moratorium on Commercial Evictions