On January 29, 2021, the Governor signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (Act) extending much needed eviction protections to landlords and tenants and creating the state’s Rental Assistance Program.
EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED
The Act extends tenant protections included in AB 3088 to June 30, 2021. These protections were originally set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Act includes the same eligibility and program rules as before including:
RENTAL ASSISTANCE IS COMING
Included in the Act was the creation of the state’s Rental Assistance program. Our Agency is in full swing to develop the program with input obtained through our stakeholder process. The program is available for tenants at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), with a priority emphasis on helping tenants at or below 50 percent of AMI. Landlords can choose to accept 80% for any rent owed from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021. If a landlord accepts this funding, the landlord forgives the remaining 20%. If a landlord chooses not to participate, the tenant can still apply for relief valued at 25% of whatever back rent they owe for the covered time period. The program will be ready to begin accepting applications no later than March 15, 2021.