Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

Updated October 1, 2020

The City of Hayward moratorium on commercial evictions, and will remain in place until June 30, 2021, unless superseded by new state legislation. Information regarding Commercial Tenants and the extended commercial tenant moratorium can be found at the bottom of the page.
  • For 180 days after the moratorium expires, there may be no eviction for non-payment of rent during the moratorium and landlords and tenants must meet & confer before initiating any action
  • City of Hayward provides free mediation services to negotiate payment agreements for residential tenants and landlords
  • On June 30, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors amended its previous eviction moratorium ordinance to ensure all tenants and homeowners Countywide can shelter-in-place during this crisis. The ordinance allows tenants 12 months to repay rent over 12 months. This ordinance will remain in effect until 60 days after the local health emergency is lifted or 60 days after December 31, 2020, whichever is later. Violators are subject to a $1000 fine and may be subject to civil proceedings. For a more detailed summary, as well as FAQs for Homeowners and Tenants, please click here. If you have questions, please contact our partner, ECHO Housing, at 510-581-9380
  • County Courts will implement the County Ordinance; for more informaiton on this, please visit their website here.
  • A new state law enacted on Aug. 31, called the Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act, put in place a new statewide moratorium on residential evictions, also until Jan. 31, 2021.  At the same time, the state measure precluded Hayward and other local governments from extending local moratoria on residential evictions beyond already enacted expiration dates. On September 2, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom alaunched the Housing is Key website to inform Californians about the State's New Tenant and Landlord Protections. The Housing is Key website will connect tenants and landlords with important information about relief and protections under the new state law. For more information and details, please visit the Hosing is Key website here.


  • To avoid foreclosure, homeowners should contact their loan servicer immediately to discuss options to enter into a work out agreement.
  • Contact a HUD-approved counseling agency for support if you need help negotiating a workout plan or your receive a default notice.

Commercial Tenants

  • On January 27, 2021, the Hayward Council voted to extend the current City moratorium on commercial evictions, which will remain in place until June 30, 2021, unless superseded by new state legislation. Nothing in the city ordinance relieves commercial tenants of an obligation to pay rent, and unpaid back rent still accumulates. Rather, it prohibits evictions while the moratorium is in place.  A full copy of the Ordinance can be found downloaded here.
  • City staff cannot answers questions or provide information regarding the County or State programs. For more information and details, please visit the Housing is Key website here.
  • City staff are working hard from home to implement these services. City staff  and is available to respond to questions and provide information and resources. Please check this page often for ongoing updates and resources regarding the Temporary Moratorium, expanded mediation, and financial assistance. For questions, please contact the Housing Division at housing@hayward-ca.gov or by calling 510-583-4454. Para español llamar 510-583-5547.

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Mediation Services

Landlords and residential tenants are encouraged to take advantage of free mediation services provided by the City through Project Sentinel. These services will take place remotely by phone and can help landlords and tenants negotiate reasonable rent repayment plans. You can sign up for the services by clicking here. If you need assistance signing up, please contact the Housing Division at housing@hayward-ca.gov or by calling 510-583-4454. Para español llamar 510-583-5547. Staff can assist you with completing the form.