Goleta Approves Order to Prevent Evictions and Defer Business License Payments

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Source: City of Goleta

At the City’s second virtual meeting last night, April 21, 2020, the Goleta City Council approved an urgency order to help residents and businesses who are suffering hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

The council approved an urgency ordinance to further refine the City’s previous orders against residential and commercial evictions. Of note is the increase of the repayment period from 6 months to 12 months for residential tenancies. It also prevents landlords from imposing penalties, interest, and late fees to deferred rental payments on both residential and commercial evictions. The ordinance consolidates all of the City’s previous orders into one place.

The ordinance goes a step further by protecting residents from residential and commercial foreclosures. A mortgagee would be prohibited from foreclosing upon a mortgagor who cannot make a mortgage payment due to lost income caused by COVID-19 and sets the parameters of repayment to be 6 months after the local emergency is over. 

Also, as a way to provide some financial relief to businesses, the City Council approved the deferral of business license fees until 60 days after the local emergency is lifted.

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “The City wants to do what we can, where we can, to help residents and businesses who due to circumstances beyond their control have been dealt a devastating financial blow.” 

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a-1587590253 Apr 22, 2020 02:17 PM
Goleta Approves Order to Prevent Evictions and Defer Business License Payments

Regarding the business licenses, Goleta biz licenses expired on March 31. Bu the City has no mechanism to send renewal licenses after their office closed. They also had no way to process checks for renewal licenses that were mailed by nearly all businesses in early March. So this 60 day allowance is more about buying them time than anything. Making lemonade out of lemons. How very Goletian.

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