As the calendar changes to 2021, major California municipalities have taken decisive action in an attempt to ensure that commercial tenants continue to receive eviction protection and rent relief in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These new policies extend or expand upon previous relief orders enacted by major California cities.  San Francisco recently updated its eviction moratorium ordinance with some new protections for landlord and tenants, including a lease termination right for small businesses in San Francisco.

Additionally, after nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the first decisions with respect to landlord-tenant disputes are now being handed down. These decisions, while immediately limited to the parties involved in each matter, are likely to be viewed by other courts nationwide as important precedents in how to adjudicate landlord-tenant litigation matters which may arise in the future.

Listen as Manny Fishman, Shareholder and Real Estate Practice Chair in Buchalter’s San Francisco office, and Real Estate Associate Jonathan August discuss the recently-passed San Francisco commercial eviction moratorium, provide a comparison to the Los Angeles commercial eviction moratorium ordinances, and provide a summary of the current state of landlord-tenant litigation.

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