Eviction of a commercial tenant for reasons related to COVID-19 is prohibited in Culver City through July 31, 2022 or the termination of the local emergency, whichever occurs earlier.
Tenants continue to be protected from eviction during the subsequent repayment of back rent, known as the "Grace Period". The Grace Period length will vary depending on the tenant's selected repayment plan.
Complete information can be found in the Forty-Second Supplement to Public Order(PDF, 194KB) and the Tenth Amended Implementation Measures(PDF, 417KB) regarding the Eviction Moratorium (both issued on April 29, 2022).
Evidence of the inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 and other details regarding the Eviction Moratorium can be found in the 10th Amended Rules and Implementation Measures Regarding Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium(PDF, 417KB).
Report a violation of the Eviction Moratorium via email or call (310) 253-5708.
Repayment of Back Rent After End of Moratorium on July 31, 2022
In order to receive the protections of the Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium (CTEM) during the repayment or Grace Period, tenants must select and adhere to one of the following repayment plans, as further detailed in Section 8 of the Implementation Measures(PDF, 417KB).
- Repayment of Back Rent in full within 12 months after the Moratorium Termination Date;
- 24-month graduated repayment plan;
- 30-month graduated repayment plan; or
- Any other repayment plan mutually agreed upon in writing by landlord and tenant.
In order to qualify for the protections of the CTEM during the applicable Grace Period, a tenant must select and adhere to the 12-month, 24-month or 30-month repayment schedules by July 31, 2022, unless a different agreement for repayment is reached between the landlord and tenant.
If a tenant fails to provide written communication to the Landlord selection one of the repayment options on or before July 31, 2022, then the tenant will automatically be subject to the 12-month repayment plan. (See Section 8.C of the Implementation Measures(PDF, 417KB).) Examples of the 24-month and 30-month graduated repayment plans are set forth in Section 8.C.2 and 8.C.3 of the Implementation Measures(PDF, 417KB). Although the 12-month Grace Period does not require regular monthly payments, tenants are encouraged to make monthly payments rather than be faced with a balloon payment at the end of the 12-month Grace Period.
If at any time during the 24-month or 30-month repayment plan, or other repayment plan agreed upon between a landlord and tenant, a tenant fails to make a payment timely, then the tenant will forfeit any protection from eviction afforded during the applicable Grace Period.
As has been the case since the inception of the CTEM, nothing precludes a landlord from collecting Back Rent through other lawful means. However, during the applicable Grace Period, a landlord shall not evict a tenant for the nonpayment of Back Rent, provided the tenant remains in compliance with any applicable repayment plan.
Partial Current Rent Due Beginning April 1, 2021
Effective April 1, 2021, tenants must pay 25% of current rent due in order to receive the protection of the moratorium. If the landlord and tenant already have another payment arrangement in place for current rent, that agreement will supersede this condition.
Definition of Commercial Tenant
Effective March 1, 2021, the definition of Commercial Tenant will be modified as follows (changes in bold):
“Commercial Tenant” means any individual, agency, association, branch, corporation, estate, group, partnership, or other entity or organization entitled by Lease or by sufferance, to the use or occupancy of a Commercial Property, provided that such person holds a valid business license issued by the City of Culver City, unless exempt from business license requirements under the Culver City Municipal Code. Effective June 1, 2020, “Commercial Tenant” shall not include a multi-national company, publicly traded company, or a company that employed 200 or more employees on March 20, 2020. Effective March 1, 2021, “Commercial Tenant” shall not include a multi-national company, publicly traded company, or a company that, together with that company’s parent, subsidiary, affiliated, and related companies, employed 200 or more employees on March 20, 2020.”