When a Santa Rosa tenant repeatedly violates the county’s COVID-19 health order, he or she could face a penalty for the transgression. But thanks to the California Apartment Association, the renter’s landlord will not.

That protection for rental property owners was part of an urgency ordinance adopted by the Santa Rosa City Council Aug. 11. The ordinance enables the city to enforce Sonoma County’s rules for preventing the spread of coronavirus and sets up a system for warnings and fines.

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