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June 21, 2024

San Benito County bans evictions for homes, businesses caused by COVID-19

San Benito County will not allow evictions from homes or businesses through May. 

That is the case after the San Benito County Board on Tuesday approved an emergency ordinance to forbid evictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and give renters a bit of reassurance about not being evicted. 

The ordinance states that financial issues preventing payment of rent must be caused by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Supervisors unanimously approved the ordinance.

The move is similar to the one made by the state in recent days, but goes even further because it includes businesses in the temporary rules. 

The ordinance doesn’t mean residents are forgiven from paying the owed rent, but gives them additional time to get their finances straight during the pandemic. 

The question came up about extending the upcoming due date for property taxes, but Melinda Casillas – the county’s treasurer and tax collector – said that can’t be done by law. She said she is working on some other ways to temporarily relieve the burden for property tax payers. 

To read the ordinance, go here: