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Hi SCRHA Member,

I hope this message finds you well. With things changing daily, we want to provide you with some recent updates related to the COVID-19 emergency. 

Judicial Council Adopts Emergency Rules Impacting Evictions and Foreclosures 

In an emergency meeting of the State’s Judicial Council earlier today, court leaders decided to suspend the entry of defaults in eviction cases and suspend judicial foreclosures. The rule will apply until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or until it is amended or repealed by the Judicial Council. More information is forthcoming.


Recent Orders - Impact on Businesses 

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and local government health departments began recommending that all persons wear face coverings in public, especially where social distancing rules are difficult to maintain. Click below for guidance on face coverings and read below for guidance from the counties in our territory.  

County of San Diego Orders 

Starting April 4, all employees who work in the following businesses must wear facial coverings if they have contact with the public: 

  • Supermarkets and grocery stores 
  • Restaurants 
  • Pharmacies 
  • Convenience stores 
  • Gas stations 

All businesses in the region open to the public must display their social distancing and sanitation protocol. The protocol, which should be implemented by April 7, includes: 

  • Signage at each public entrance to inform all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another and not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. 
  • Display a copy of the Social Distancing Protocol at each public entrance to the facility. 
  • Businesses must make sure every employee who can carry out their work duties from home has been directed to do so. All employees have been told not to come to work, if sick. 
  • All desks or individual workstations are separated by at least six feet. 
  • Break rooms, bathrooms, and other common areas are disinfected frequently. 
  • Social Distancing Plan Template for Businesses 

Riverside County Orders 

The Riverside County Public Health Officer on April 4 advised that all residents stay home and wear face coverings when leaving the home.  

  • Essential businesses must use social distancing measures to keep clients and customers six feet apart and all employees must now wear face coverings.  
  • Riverside County FAQ 

Imperial County Orders 


Property Tax Update - Taxes Still Due April 10

SCRHA has been pressing the Governor and Legislature for weeks to provide some form of property tax relief. We have asked for both a delay of the payment date and a blanket waiving of all fines and penalties. While not the answer we were hoping for, Governor Newsom clearly heard that property owners need some assistance on the property tax front. Over the weekend, Governor Newsom finally gave some attention to the issue. Read the statement here: Governor Newsom Praises California Counties for Pledge to Use Local Authority to Cancel Penalties or Charges for Property Tax Non-Payment Related to COVID-19. Thank you to all the members who answered our Action Alerts regarding Property Taxes.

Price Gouging 

On Friday, Governor Newsom also announced an expansion of Price Gouging rules. While the order is specific to critical items, such as food and medical supplies, it is a good reminder that price gouging rules are in place and impact rental properties. Members may access the CPC 396 - Anti-Price Gouging Rules - AB 1919 White Paper via the member portal.

California State Legislature on Recess Through May 

The Legislature has been on recess since March 16. The initial recess was to last through April 13. However, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have announced that they will reconvene on May 4. SCRHA has not stopped working on numerous bills that might impact members. Whenever they reconvene, we will be ready.  


COVID-19 Form 298 Hardship Consideration Webinar Recording 

SCRHA hosted a webinar on the use of Form 298 COVID-19 Hardship Consideration. The recording is available on the COVID-19 Resource PageThe video is listed under Coronavirus Resources near the top of the page. We encourage you take a listen. We answer many of the most frequently asked questions we are receiving about the form and other related topics. 

Remember to visit our COVID-19 Resources page often!

Sincerely,

Alan Pentico 
Executive Director