Check if your business qualifies for the eviction moratorium

Small businesses affected by COVID-19 can keep their locations up to 6 months, if they missed a rent payment.

What to do

1. Check if your business is eligible

The temporary moratorium on evictions applies to commercial tenants, subtenants, and month-to-month or holdover tenants who:

  • Are registered to do business in San Francisco
  • Have gross receipts at or below $25 million
  • Missed a rent payment from March 17 to June 16, 2020

Your landlord cannot evict you before giving you:

  • A written notice 
  • An opportunity to catch up on your payments

2. Provide documentation for your landlord

If you cannot pay your rent, you must provide documentation that the coronavirus outbreak has had a financial impact on your business.

3. Discuss payment terms with your landlord every month

You should continue to try to pay your rent. Work with your landlord on a payment plan. 

If you still cannot pay your rent after a month, you need to provide more proof that the outbreak is still affecting your business.

Your landlord cannot evict you for missing payments while you are working with them.

You have up to 6 months to pay all outstanding rent

Continue working with your landlord every month, for up to 6 months. 

If you still have not paid all outstanding rent after 6 months, your landlord can then evict you for non-payment.

About the eviction moratorium

The moratorium will prevent any small to medium-sized business from being evicted due to a loss of income related to lost revenue or other economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This alleviates a significant financial pressure that many small businesses are facing.

Get help

Office of Small Business
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs

Last updated May 29, 2020