City of San Diego No-Fault Termination of Tenancy Moratorium Takes Effect May 22, 2022

Posted By: Molly Kirkland Legislative Updates,

The temporary moratorium impacting No-Fault Termination of Tenancy for City of San Diego rental properties goes into effect on May 22 and will be in effect through September 30, 2022 (or 60 days after the end of the local state of emergency declared by the Mayor due to the COVID-19 pandemic, whichever date occurs first). The ordinance applies regardless of length 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.