City of San Diego Eviction Moratorium Update

Source: Courtesy of Southern California Rental Housing Association. Click link here for more details.

“An eviction moratorium that was passed a year and half ago in the City of San Diego is now in effect with the end of statewide eviction protections. The ordinance was approved in February 2021 but was pre-empted by state law. The city’s ordinance which applies to non-payment of rent is now in effect despite no noticeable communication from the City. This is addition to the temporary moratorium on no-fault termination of tenancy.

The ordinance will effectively ban termination of tenancy for a substantial remodel. It will also increase the notice period for an owner or family member move-in to 90 days. To remove a unit/property from the rental market, including selling a home, renters must be given at least 6 months’ notice.

Notices for at-fault termination of tenancy, such as lease violations or criminal activity, are still permitted. The ordinance has no impact on evictions for non-payment of rent.

Per the City of San Diego, termination of tenancy is allowed in the following scenarios:

  • The landlord intends to remove the rental units from the rental market and has provided all affected tenants written notice at least six months in advance.
  • The landlord wants to take possession of the rental unit for repair or construction work necessary to comply with a government or court order, and the work requires vacating the rental unit because it would threaten the immediate health and safety of the occupants.
  • The landlord, or the landlord’s parent, grandparent, child or grandchild intend to occupy the rental unit as their primary residence, and the landlord has provided written notice to the affected tenant at least 90 days in advance.

Click here for more information from the San Diego Housing Commission.”


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