Check if your business qualifies for the eviction moratorium

Small businesses affected by COVID-19 can keep their locations, 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 16, 2020 to September 30, 2021

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 additional time to pay all outstanding rent

Note: September 30, 2023 is the repayment deadline for businesses with fewer than 10 employees

Continue working with your landlord every month. 

If you still have not paid all outstanding rent after the agreed-upon repayment period or after the moratorium expires, 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 August 1, 2023