California State Law Protections: COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (SB 91)
The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (SB 91) protects qualifying tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent until June 30, 2021, so long as certain requirements are met. Under the law, landlords may not evict Tenants for nonpayment of rent that became due between September 1, 2020,and June 30, 2021, if the Tenant returns a Declaration of COVID-19-related financial distress to the Landlord AND pays 25% of the total rent due by June 30, 2021.
Tenants must provide a Declaration for every notice of termination of tenancy for nonpayment of rent that they receive. The law also provides mortgage relief to homeowners and landlords with four or fewer properties who have had difficulty making mortgage payments because of COVID-19. Property owners can find additional information from the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and should contact their mortgage servicer directly for more information.
Landlords are required to provide a notice to Tenants by February 28, 2021, informing them of the new law. Please see Section 1179.04 of the California Code of Civil Procedure for additional information.
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California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Information
Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.
If you have experiences a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Area Median Income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California.
Landlords and tenants can verify eligibility immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling (833) 430-2122, and if eligible, apply.
Programa de Ayuda Con la Renta de COVID-19 de California
Los hogares que califican por sus ingresos y que necesitan ayuda financiera para pagar la renta y los servicios públicos no pagados podrán solicitar ayuda a través del Programa de Alivio de Renta COVID-19 de California.
Si usted ha experimentado una dificultad financiera debido a COVID-19, tiene renta o servicios públicos vencidos, y tiene un ingreso familiar que no es más del 80% del ingreso medio del área, usted puede ser elegible para recibir ayuda para pagar la renta y los servicios públicos vencidos o futuros del estado de California
Los propietarios y los inquilinos pueden verificar la elegibilidad inmediatamente visitando HousingIsKey.com, o llamando al (833) 430-2122, y si son elegibles, solicitarlo.
Under Contra Costa County's Urgency Ordinance 2021-11, adopted March 23, 2021, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants on the basis of a tenant allowing an unauthorized occupant to live in the dwelling unit, if the occupant is a member of the tenant's immediate family living in the dwelling unit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, through June 30, 2021.
Pursuant to the Contra Costa County Urgency Ordinance, landlords may not increase the residential rent through June 30, 2021. According to the Richmond City Attorney's Office, rent controlled property in the City of Richmond fall under this prohibition.