Ordinance gives renters extended time to pay

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EUREKA, Ca. (KIEM)-Eureka residents facing a financial hardship as a result of Covid-19 can now breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to paying rent but there is a catch.

City of Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman is talking about the eviction moratorium which will protect renters from being evicted from both residential and commercial units if not able to make their rent payment.

“Yes, we absolutely want people to realize that this doesn’t mean they are alleviated from paying their rent, ever,” Seaman said. “They don’t’ have to pay it right now when so many people are being affected by the virus.”

With the expectation that payment will be due once the moratorium is over, which is expected on May 31st.

However, when the moratorium is lifted all of your back payment of rent will be due within 180 days to give renters enough time to make the payments.

“One of the things that I really hope people do is keep in mind that lump sum is going come due at the end,” Seaman said. “So if they don’t work some partial payment program with their landlords, they are at least putting enough money as they can.”

Seaman empathizes with landlords, rental property owners and commercial leasing companies.   

“I would like to emphasize I know this is difficult on the landlords. There is nobody not sacrificing at this time, she said.

“Every decision is a hard one and everyone is less than perfect.

“We going to have to get through this together and see what we can do to keep people safe first.”

The ordinance passed prohibits evictions during the Covid-19 State of Emergency for non-payment.

Go to https://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/ for more information.