Benicia City Manager order: no evictions during COVID-19 crisis through May 31

The City of Benicia issued the following press release ordering a stay of evictions during the coronavirus emergency.  The order prohibits residential AND commercial evictions.  See also the 4-page Emergency_Eviction_Moratorium_Order.pdf.

Monday, March 23, 2020

City Hall, 250 East L Street
Benicia, California 94510
Contact: Lorie Tinfow, City Manager

FOR MARCH 23, 2020
Order Staying Evictions in the City of Benicia

Benicia, CA (March 23, 2020) — On Sunday, March 22, 2020, City Manager Lorie Tinfow, in her authority as Director of Emergency Services, signed an order staying evictions for non-payment of rent in the City of Benicia in accordance with California Emergency Services Act and Benicia Municipal Code in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

The order does not relieve tenants of liability for unpaid rent but puts a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent due to the impact of COVID-19 and includes provisions for eviction notices and no-fault evictions. Under the order, tenants have a responsibility to let their landlord know that they are unable to pay some or all of their rent due to COVID-19. Payment is then due within 60 days of May 31, 2020, or when the order expires whichever is later.

The order staying evictions will remain in effect until May 31, 2020 or until superseded by a resolution of the Benicia City Council.

For up-to-date information about the City of Benicia’s response to COVID-19, please go to


Attachment: City of Benicia Order Staying Evictions