Date posted: September 30, 2021 at 3:25 p.m.
Last update: September 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm
City reminds small business owners of available resources
Oakland, California – July 21, 2020, Oakland City Council Amends Local Business Eviction Moratorium Orders comply with the governor’s decree. The decree in force is scheduled to expire on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The protections that prevented commercial evictions of small businesses and nonprofits for non-payment of rent will end on that day. The rent arrears may be due in full depending on the payment plan or some other agreement negotiated between the tenant and the landlord. The moratorium on residential evictions remains in effect until the end of the local emergency as declared by Oakland City Council.
With grants from the City of Oakland, the San Francisco Bay Area Civil Rights Lawyers Committee (LCCRSF) has hosted webinars and one-on-one consultations on commercial lease negotiations for the past 10 month. Lease Negotiation Webinar Recordings and presentation slides are available in multiple languages at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources#eviction-moratorium
In addition to monthly virtual legal services clinics, the LCCRSF offers individual consultations on commercial leases through the Legal Services for Entrepreneurs program. Apply to: https://lccrsf.org/get-assistance/legal-services-for-entrepreneurs/commercial-ataire-legal-assistance/
Companies with specific questions about commercial leases can also email: [email protected]
In October, the LCCRSF will host the two in-person and virtual seminars “Know Your Rights for Commercial Tenants” to help homeowners threatened with eviction once the moratorium is over. Both sessions will cover the eviction process and the legal protections available throughout the process. Seminar details and registration links will be posted shortly at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources#eviction-moratorium
Commercial tenants who want additional information and support on the eviction moratorium can contact:
Business owners and entrepreneurs who have general business questions can contact City staff through the Business Remote Assistance Center (BAC) pilot program. Oakland Economic & Workforce Development staff will be available for 30-minute appointments at five libraries:
- West Oakland (every other Monday morning)
- 81st Avenue (every other Tuesday evening)
- César E. Chavez (every other Wednesday evening)
- Golden Gate (every other Thursday morning)
- Eastmont (every other Friday afternoon)
Appointments until December are by reservation only. To make an appointment, visit www.oaklandca.gov/RemoteBAC. For help scheduling an appointment, call (510) 238-7398.
Moratorium on residential evictions not affected
The statewide moratorium on evictions and rent increases ends September 30, 2021. does not will affect the Oakland Residential Moratorium which will last until the local emergency is over by Oakland City Council. Do you have questions about residential rent? Ask before you act! Contact a RAP Housing Advisor at (510) 238-3721 or [email protected]
Give the example
After summoning entrepreneurs, landowners and investors on restructuring leases, the Recommended Oakland Economic Recovery Advisory Council that landlords work with businesses to develop terms that include a combination of rent cancellation, deferral and elimination of fixed monthly payments, replaced by a percentage of sales.
At its June 1, 2021 meeting, the Oakland City council passed ordinance authorizing changes to rental contracts
with seven tenants from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to write off up to 50 percent of rent balances. The ordinance also authorized up to a one-year period of reduced rent to further assist small businesses and nonprofit tenants in their recovery. It was felt that leaving or closing these businesses would create vacancies in the esplanade that would be difficult for the City to fill at comparable short-term rental rates and could eliminate jobs. City council determined that offering a reasonable rent reduction and discount would reduce potential loss of revenue for the city and prevent further worsening of conditions on the plaza.
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