Just because state emergency tenant protections have ended, that doesn’t mean that tenants don’t have any protections or assistance available to them to continue to help with the financial crisis caused by the pandemic. So here’s what you need to know:
1. To be protected from eviction by the state protections that just expired, you must have paid 25% of the rent owed from September 2020 to September 2021 by September 30, 2021. You must also return a declaration if you receive a 15 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit.
2. Your current protections are dependent on where you live. For more, see below.
3. The state has billions of dollars in rental assistance available to tenants, but you must apply. Applications will remain open until the state runs out of money. You can apply at HousingIsKey.com.
If You Live in the County of Los Angeles
Tenant protections related to rent repayment ended on September 30, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:
Do not move out of your housing unless a court orders you to do so. If you have received paperwork from the court, reach out to Stay Housed L.A. immediately to get legal assistance.
To be protected from eviction, you must have paid 25% of the rent owed from September 2020 to September 2021 by September 30, 2021. You must also return a declaration if you receive a 15 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit.
The rent owed from March 2020 to August 2020 and the remaining 75% of the rent owed from September 2020 to September 2021 are still owed to the landlord. The landlord can file a civil lawsuit against you to collect the rental debt beginning on November 1, 2021, but may not evict you.
Other tenant protections are still in effect until January 31, 2022:
Landlords cannot evict for the presence of unauthorized occupants or pets related to COVID-19 or for nuisance.
Landlords cannot evict for denying their requests for entry unless there is an emergency situation.
Landlords cannot evict for no-fault reasons, except for certain owners who want to move into their units.
Landlords cannot charge tenants interest or late fees on unpaid rent due to COVID-19.
Landlords cannot raise the rent on units fully covered by the County’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
Landlords cannot harass or retaliate against tenants for asserting their rights under these protections.
Are You a Senior On the Verge of Homelessness? There are Resources that Can Help!
The Adult Protective Services (APS) Home Safe Program provides APS clients at risk of homelessness with a range of services designed to help them avoid homelessness and entry into the homeless emergency shelter system. APS clients qualify to receive assistance when certain criteria such as major financial crises, court eviction hearing notices, and lack of family/supportive resources are met.
CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Application Period Open
Income eligible households in Los Angeles County (with exception to Cities of Long Beach and Santa Clarita) who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which is being administered by the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.
Residents in the City of Los Angeles will be eligible to apply to the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program starting September 1, 2021, at 7 a.m.
To learn about eligibility and how to apply, please visit HousingIsKey.com. Questions? Call the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1-833-430-2122, which is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.