SAN LEANDRO, CA: Like many communities, San Leandro’s commercial eviction moratorium is set to end when the Governor’s executive order authorizing commercial eviction moratoria expires, which is September 30, 2021, unless otherwise extended.
To help businesses that couldn’t keep up with their rent and others impacted by the pandemic, the City of San Leandro is offering a number of resources, including a free webinar on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m, a special resource page on the City website, and detailed information in multiple languages to help San Leandro businesses remain and grow in the community.
“We know that many small businesses have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic and that the impacts have been hardest on communities that have fewer resources,” said Pauline Russo Cutter, Mayor of San Leandro. “We can and must continue to rise to the challenge and support the small businesses community that is so central to the vibrancy of San Leandro and provides so much employment for our residents.”
After the end of the moratorium, tenants will have at least 120 days to pay back rent owed. If a tenant is not able to pay the full back rent within 120 days due to COVID-related income loss, they may request an additional 60 days, for a total of 180 days to repay their rent. Landlords may not charge a late fee on back rent. Those who have not been paying full rent must begin paying full rent in October in order to avoid future eviction. More details are contained in the City of San Leandro’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage at https://bit.ly/3EdyqYD, with information also available in Spanish and Chinese.
To assist businesses, the City of San Leandro will hold a free webinar at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. Experts in business assistance will discuss the legal and business aspects of eviction and the expiration of the commercial eviction moratoria. Speakers from Start Small Think Big, which connects small businesses with free legal assistance, and East Bay SCORE, which provides no-cost business counseling, will talk about next steps for businesses. An attorney from Best Best & Krieger LLP will also talk about the legal specifics. Please register for this event at https://bit.ly/3l9ctRt.
Additional information about resources to assist in repaying rent, increasing customer base, marketing/online presence, and more are listed on the City of San Leandro COVID-19 Business Resources page at https://bit.ly/3l7STFj.
In the coming months, City staff will also be proposing additional local assistance programs, which may include small business grants, technical assistance, and online marketing assistance, among other things.
The City of San Leandro encourages businesses interested in additional information on webinars, funding/grant opportunities, business news, safety updates, and more to sign up for the San Leandro Business Mailing List at https://bit.ly/3tztmIX to get updates.
*NOTE – This notice is regarding San Leandro’s commercial eviction moratorium. San Leandro’s residential eviction moratorium is not set to end on September 30, 2021.