Menlo Park City Council acts to halt small business evictions through May 31

by Contributed Content on April 21, 2020

The Menlo Park City Council adopted an urgency ordinance on April 14, 2020, that temporarily prohibits the eviction of small businesses and nonprofits in Menlo Park impacted by COVID-19. It prevents landlords from evicting qualifying tenants for nonpayment of rent through May 31, 2020.

Qualifying small businesses and nonprofits (including churches) are those with less than $2,500,000 in gross receipts in 2019. The ordinance, which expires May 31, 2020, intends to compliment to federal legislation and countywide efforts to support small businesses. Businesses suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic are encouraged to visit menlopark.org/businessresources.

The small business tenant eviction moratorium requires tenants to pay back rent 90 days after the ordinance ends, but tenants can request another 90-day extension. It does not relieve tenants of liability for unpaid rent. Tenants, if able, are encouraged to continue to make full or partial monthly rent payments while the urgency ordinance remains in effect.

The ordinance also provides for landlords to seek a hardship waiver by submitting financial statements to the City Manager.

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