The California Apartment Association has worked with the city of San Jose to require that tenants declare COVID-related financial hardships before qualifying for the city’s new rent freeze.

The new rent freeze ordinance, approved unanimously by the City Council Tuesday, took effect immediately and will run until June 30.

The rent freeze will apply only to tenants in rent-controlled units who give their landlords a declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress.

This latter requirement, secured by CAA, sets the new ordinance apart from San Jose’s previous rent freeze, which expired at the end of 2020. That ordinance applied to all tenants in rent-controlled apartments, regardless of whether the pandemic affected them financially.

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