Q: I pay a monthly booth rent at a salon in CA thats under mandatory shut down because of the coronavirus.
My question is- Is it legal for the owner of the salon to still charge me booth rent for a space in the salon when I’m not allowed to use it because of the shutdown?
What does your agreement with the salon owner say? It would seem improper for the salon owner to collect rent from you and not provide you with the access that you bargained to pay for, even if the failure to provide access is because of Government orders to shutdown. That is not your responsibility either. This would certainly come within the scope of the COVID 19 laws that prevent eviction if the failure to pay rent is due to CV, however, these usually apply to residential rentals. I saw an article in Sunday's paper about a salon in Orange, that moved the chairs outside so they could re-open. Your problem is two fold, how to conduct business from now on, and whether to pay rent when you were locked out.
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