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In an ongoing effort to keep our landlords abreast of the ever changing landscape of legal issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, Liddle & Liddle is providing this web page as a continuously updated source of information drawn from various agencies and news sites.

If you missed our CoVID-19 Notice to our landlords, please click here.

UPDATE 5/29/2020 11:08 PM: Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-66-20 which extends the deadline set forth in order N-28-20 by 60 days.  The current extension halts evictions for those negatively affected by the Coronavirus epidemic and the economic downturn until July 28th.  Subsequently, the Judicial Council's order of April 6th (see below), which prevents new summons from being issued and defaults from being entered for 90 days from the expiration of Newsom's order is correspondingly pushed out to Ocotober 26th.

UPDATE 4/7/2020 10:51 AM: At its meeting on April 6, the Judicial Council approved 11 temporary emergency rules, including, among other things, the staying of eviction and foreclosure proceedings to protect Californians from losing their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the actions the council approved, to go into effect immediately was the suspension of the entry of defaults in eviction cases.  Click here for a link to the Emergency Rules.

IMPORTANT: As of March 31, 2020, Los Angeles City home owners and landlords must give Notice informing your tenants of the new protections from eviction afforded to them with relation to CoVID-19.  This notice is required by law REGARDLESS of whether or not your property is exempt from Rent Control. Click here to visit our page regarding for information regarding this matter and to access our letter sample provided for your convenience.

San Bernardino County Courts:

San Bernardino Courts extend the Closure to May 28, 2020 (Link)

Press Release dated April 1, 2020: As authorized by the Emergency Order granted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on April 1, and for the health and safety of all users of the Court, effective April 3, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all Civil and Criminal Jury Trials will be rescheduled. (Link)

Press Release dated March 18, 2020:  As authorized by the Emergency Order granted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on March 17, and for the health and safety of all users of the Court, effective March 17 through April 2, 2020, all Civil and Criminal Jury Trials will be rescheduled. (Link)

Riverside County Courts:

Updated May 18: The Riverside Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties. Following guidelines provided by Governor Newsom’s executive orders and the County of Riverside’s orders by the Public Health Officer, the court has suspended all non-essential functions and is hearing only specific limited emergency matters at this time; many court locations are closed through May 29, 2020 and have limited public hours. (Link)

Updated April 2, 2020: Amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and in an effort to comply with federal, state and local guidelines, adhere to the CDC social distancing recommendations and abide by the shelter-in-place regulations, the court will be extending its temporary closures through Friday, April 17, 2020.

Press Release dated March 19, 2020: To further reduce exposure to COVID-19, address immediate and growing concerns for public health and safety, and comply with federal, state and local recommendations on social distancing, the Riverside Superior Court announces temporary court closures throughout the county effective March 20 through April 3. During this time frame, only limited emergency matters will be handled. In addition, those courts that remain open will have reduced public service hours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eight courthouses will close completely. Six courthouses will remain open - click the link to view the list.

Los Angeles County Courts:

Press Release dated May 13, 2020: Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced today he has extended his April 14 Order pursuant to the emergency powers granted to him by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye under Government Code 68115. Under today’s Order, all courtrooms will remain closed for judicial business through June 10 — except time-sensitive, essential functions. To prepare for the resumption of court hearings beginning June 22, the Clerk’s Office will reopen on June 15. (Link)

Press Release dated March 20, 2020: Effective March 23, 2020, and until further notice, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will close the Clerk’s Offices at all 38 courthouses in response to the COVID-19 public health threat. Most courthouses, except the Beverly Hills and Catalina courthouses, will remain open for time-sensitive, essential court hearings and matters in accordance with Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile’s General Orders. (Link)

Ventura County Courts:
Press Release Dated May 12, 2020: The Ventura Superior Court continues with limited operations that started Thursday, March 19th and now goes through Tuesday, June 9th. (Link)

Press Release Dated March 20, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic resulting In President Trump declaring a national emergency, the Governor's Declaration of a State of Emergency and Executive Order of March 19, 2020 that all Californians are to stay at home, unless employed in a job that provides essential needs, and to protect the health and safety of the public, and court personnel and under the court's inherent authority to control its own calendars and the Presiding Judge's duty to take into account the needs of the public and court as they relate to the efficient and effective management of the court's calendar, {California Rules of Court, rule 10.603(c)) and exercising the authority granted under Government Code §68115 and the March 13, 2020 and March 20, 220 Orders of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, issued in response to the March 13, 2020 and March 20, 2020 requests for emergency orders made by the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura ("Court"),...As of March 19, 2020 through April 17, 2020, all courtrooms and clerk's offices will remain closed, except for essential emergency matters and time-sensitive, essential functions... (Link)

Orange County Courts:

Updated May 15, 2020: The Orange County Superior Court will remain closed to the public through May 22, 2020, with minimal exceptions for time sensitive matters or matters pertaining to the safety and security of the community. (Link)

Press Release dated March 27, 2020: The Orange County Superior Court will remain closed to the public until April 24, 2020, with minimal exceptions for time sensitive matters or matters pertaining to the safety and security of the community. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has issued an emergency order permitting the extension to the closing the Court’s facilities in Orange County at the Court’s request, pursuant to the provisions of Government Code section 68115. For
purposes of computing certain court-related deadlines, the closure will be considered a public holiday. (Link)