Rent Assistance and How to Apply
STATE OF CALIFORNIA RENTAL ASSISTANCE – The California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is currently accepting applications. Depending on where your rental property is located, the application process will be administered through either your city, county, or the state. For additional information on when, where, and how to apply, go to housingiskey.com right away.
UNSURE OF WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE? – The Rental Assistance Finder, designed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is now available to help renters and housing providers find whatever local assistance is available. You can use this yourself, but equally important, share it with your residents. It’s a step in the right direction to get everyone the assistance they need.
NEW!! AB 832 Forms and When to Use Them
Click on the section title to access the forms
AB 832 was signed by Gov. Newsom, officially extending the eviction moratorium to September 30, 2021, with future extensions possible. Here is what you need to know and the new forms that you will need to serve.
Housing providers must serve this One-Time “Notice from the State of California” to all tenants who have missed one or more rental payments.
Housing providers should serve the Updated 15-Day Notice for unpaid rent, along with the Notice from the State of California and the Updated Declaration of COVID-19 RELATED FINANCIAL DISTRESS FORM (located below) each month.
Tenants need to continue paying a minimum of 25% of their rent, but the deadline for that payment is now September 30, 2021. Therefore, a tenant does not have to pay ANY rent until September 30, 2021, as long as they sign and return the Updated Declaration of Financial Distress form each month. Click on the title above to download the form.
Per Civil Code 1179.05.5(d), if your tenant’s household income is at least 130% of the median income in the county where the property is located, you must serve them this notice to inform them of their obligation to provide documentation supporting their claim of COVID-19 financial distress. Find your county’s Median Family Income (AMI) HERE
PROPERTIES UNDER LOCAL EVICTION MORATORIUM
If your property is in a city where there is a local eviction moratorium that pre-dates the California state moratorium, you may be asking what should you serve and what should you NOT serve. The best answer is to check the laws of the city where your property is located. In general terms, it is important to serve the SB 91 One-Time Notice, a Declaration of Financial Distress for each month that is owed, and a Notice of Balance Due. Working with attorneys, we have assembled this packet of forms for your use.
Mailing a clear record of what is due is important for two reasons:
- To show that the tenant received clear documentation of their specific debt.
- Improve the likelihood of collecting this debt through government subsidies or other sources.
While AOA has worked tirelessly to provide you with the forms required, we want to make sure you have the link to the California Department of Real Estate list of forms. Their forms are basic – AOA’s forms are more extensive. However, they do provide copies in the following languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. If your tenant’s lease was negotiated in a different language other than English, a version in that language must be provided.
CHANGE IN APPLICANT SCREENING
Housing providers are not permitted to deny applicants whom they SUSPECT have unpaid rent during the Pandemic. Please use the newest AOA Application to Rent – dated 1/2021. Click HERE to access the updated application.
RESTRICTIONS ON APPLICATION OF PAYMENTS
Housing providers are not allowed to use security deposits or any rent payments to cover past due rent without written permission from a current tenant. However, the security deposit can be used to cover past due rent when the tenant moves out.
SMALL CLAIMS COURT DATE CHANGES
For rent due from March 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020 (the protected period) that was converted from past due rent to debt – the date that housing providers may begin the Small Claims court process has been pushed back to October 1, 2021.
5/8/20 LOS ANGELES UPDATED FORM | COVID-19 Renter Protections Fact Sheet | The COVID-19 Renter Protections Fact Sheet (Protections Notice) is required to be given to each residential tenant by the landlord per Ordinance 186606. The Protections Notice must be given to tenants by May 27, 2020. Additionally, effective May 12, 2020, a landlord must also include the Protections Notice when serving a tenant a notice to pay rent or quit, a notice to terminate a residential tenancy, a notice to perform covenant or quit, or any eviction notice served during the local emergency period and for 12 months after the expiration of the local emergency period. The Protections Notice must be in the language predominately used by the tenant. [RENTAL PROTECTIONS PAGE] [TEMPORARY PROTECTION OF TENANTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC (pdf)]