CAA’s lawsuit challenging San Diego’s eviction moratorium had its first hearing before Judge Richard S. Whitney of the San Diego Superior Court on Thursday, June 3. CAA asked the court to place the San Diego County eviction moratorium on hold.

San Diego County Administration Center.

The request was made as part of CAA’s lawsuit, filed last week, seeking to have the ordinance declared invalid because it is pre-empted by state law and because the county relied on an improper use of emergency powers.

After nearly two hours of oral argument from CAA’s attorney and county counsel, the judge took the matter under submission. A ruling is expected by June 10.

“While we are disappointed the ordinance was allowed to go into effect today, we appreciate that Judge Whitney wants to review all of the arguments and evidence before making his ruling,” said Whitney Prout, CAA’s policy and compliance counsel. “We are confident that upon full consideration the court will make the right decision for all San Diego homeowners, renters and housing providers.” 

San Diego county landlords are required to comply with the ordinance, which prohibits nearly all evictions and places limits on rent increases, unless and until an order is issued by the court placing the law on hold.

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