by Henry Chuang and Julia M. Wei
In these unprecedented times, many local and state governments have taken various steps to protect tenants, in some instances including commercial tenants, from eviction. On the state level, on March 27, 2020 Newsom issued an Executive Order effectively delaying all residential unlawful detainer actions. The text of the Executive Order is here. The Order gave all residential tenants an additional 60 days to respond to an eviction lawsuit if the tenants notified their landlord that they were unable to pay rent due to Covid-19 issues. The California order did not stop or delay any evictions that were occurring for other reasons such as illegal activity on the property or an owner move-in. This protection is to last until May 31, 2020 unless otherwise extended.