Palm Springs council extends eviction moratorium; county health officer discusses COVID-19

By Shane Newell and Nicole Hayden | Desert Sun

Palm Springs leaders on Thursday extended the city’s temporary eviction moratorium and discussed potential actions for the city to take in the wake of a listening session where dozens of residents shared experiences involving racism and discrimination.

During the nearly seven-hour meeting, the City Council also voted unanimously to move council meeting times up 30 minutes to 5:30 p.m. In addition, the council listened to Riverside County’s public health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, address coronavirus trends in the city.  

Council members voted unanimously to extend the city’s temporary eviction moratorium through Sept. 30. The moratorium was adopted in early April and has been extended several times.

The ordinance prohibits landlords of residential and non-residential property from moving to evict tenants if tenants can demonstrate they have suffered financially due to the pandemic, according to the city. 

“This ordinance does not prevent the tenant from being obligated to eventually pay back the rent,” City Attorney Jeff Ballinger said. 

All unpaid rent must be repaid within 180 days of the city ending its emergency declaration, according to the city. In the meantime, tenants are required to pay whatever they can. 


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