Eviction Moratoria and Rent Payment Assistance
PAGE LAST UPDATED: November 15, 2021
On June 2, 2021, the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA) hosted a webinar on how small business tenants and landlords can seek fair agreement to reconcile rent arrears and renegotiate leases. The following information is not intended as legal advice. Seek the advice of an attorney before acting upon or relying upon any provided information.
- Best Practices and Considerations During and After Moratoria for Tenants and Landlords
- Rent and Debt Reconciliation Calculation Manual
- View Rent Reconciliation Webinar
Rent Reconciliation Resources
- Small Business Webinars Hosted by Start Small Think Big
- Free Legal Help from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
- Santa Clara County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
- Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center
County of Santa Clara Eviction Moratorium
The County's eviction moratorium eligible small business tenants expired August 19, 2021. Small business tenants have up to 6 months after the moratorium expires or terminates to repay at least 50% of the past-due rent, and up to 12 months after the moratorium expires or terminates to repay in full the past-due rent. Civil fines and penalties, monetary damages and injunctive relief may be imposed on landlords who seek to retaliate or deny small business tenants of their rights and protections under the ordinance.
Visit the County of Santa Clara's Moratorium web page for resources and information.
Governor Newsom signed, Assembly Bill No. 832, which took effect on June 28, 2021, that provided state-wide eviction and foreclosure protections for many residential tenants and property owners suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19. The eviction protections extended through September 30, 2021. State law replaced local legislation, including the County of Santa Clara's ordinance, in providing protections for residential tenants facing evictions.
Low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive help paying rent via the County Office of Supportive Housing. More information and resources in additional languages are available from the County of Santa Clara.
California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
The California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is designed to help low-income Californians with rent payment to landlords. Click the image to learn how the program works. Renters and landlords can check application status by calling 833-430-2122 or visiting California COVID-19 Rent Relief program.
Beginning October 1, 2021, landlords must apply for rental assistance before beginning the eviction process through the courts if tenants fail to pay rent.
Although a landlord may provide a notice to “pay or quit” (which is a notice from the landlord providing a certain amount of time to pay outstanding rent owed or vacate) at any time, a landlord will not be able to legally evict a tenant without first applying to the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.
It is very important that you apply for rental assistance within 15 business days of receiving a “pay or quit” notice, or within 15 business days of receiving a notice from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program that your landlord has started an application on your behalf. More information is available here.
Landlords who participate in the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program can get reimbursed for 80% of an eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, if they agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent during that specific time period. Landlords who have one or more eligible renters can apply for reimbursement.
Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may apply on their own and receive 25% of unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Paying this 25% by June 30, 2021 can help keep renters in their homes under the extended eviction protections in Senate Bill 91.
Eligible renters can receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent. Combined with the assistance available for unpaid rent, future assistance will help renters stay housed once the eviction protections in SB 91 expire on June 30, 2021.
Eligible renters may also receive assistance for unpaid utilities and future payments. Unpaid utilities accumulated from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 will be compensated at 100% of cost, limited to a total of 12 months.
A renter is eligible if one or more individuals in their household meets all of the following criteria:
- Have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID–19; and
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include:
- a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice
- unsafe or unhealthy living conditions; or
- any other evidence of such risk, as determined by the program
- Have a household income no more than 80% of the Area Median Income in Santa Clara County
Check application status with California's rent relief program at 1-833-430-2122 or Project Sentinel at 408-720-9888 ex. 8017 for assistance.
Rent Relief Resources
- California Rent Relief Program Flyer
- Folleto de Alivio de Alquiler Programa de California
- Tenant Resources
- Landlord Resources
- California Apartment Association
- Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
- Project Sentinel
Tenant, Homeowner & Small Landlord Relief Act
On August 31, 2020, the Governor signed, Assembly Bill No. 3088 that provides state-wide eviction and foreclosure protections for many residential tenants and property owners suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19. The state law (Tenant, Homeowner & Small Landlord Relief Act of 2020), which took effect immediately replaced the County’s eviction moratorium for residential tenants, homeowners and small landlords. These protections have been extended through June 30, 2021, when Governor Newsom signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (Senate Bill 91) February 1, 2021. Details are available from the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Protection guidelines are available from the Department of Real Estate.
More information about protections for residential tenants suffering from economic hardship due to COVID-19 and how residential tenants can receive the protections of the state law are available via FAQ's from the Department of Real Estate. Additional information for tenants, landlords and homeowners are available at DRE.CA.Gov.
While the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 does not cover commercial tenants, the County's Eviction Moratorium has been extended through June 30, 2021, for eligible small business tenants.
Campbell Rental Increase Dispute Program
The City of Campbell encourages property owners to limit rent increases to fair and reasonable amounts, provide greater than minimum advance notice of increases, limit the number of rent increases in any one year to as few as possible, provide well maintained living units, discourage retaliatory evictions, and cooperate with their tenants toward resolving any disputes.
Project Sentinel is a non-profit organization that assists individuals with housing problems such as discrimination, mortgage foreclosure & delinquency, rental issues including repairs, deposits, privacy, dispute resolution, home buyer education, post purchase education and reverse mortgages.
Campbell renters and rental property owners may contact Project Sentinel which manages the Campbell Rent Mediation Program. Project Sentinel provides information and counseling regarding rights and responsibilities under California tenant landlord law and the Campbell ordinance.
Phone: (408) 243-8565
Business Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00
Renters or owners of complexes with four or more units are also eligible for conciliation and mediation through the Rent Mediation Program.
Disputing a Rent Increase or Service Reduction
- A tenant must first contact the owner/manager and make a reasonable, good faith effort to resolve the dispute.
- If that effort does not resolve the dispute, the tenant may open a case by filing a petition with the Campbell Rent Mediation Program (petition forms are supplied upon request).
- If the petition is for a rent increase, the petition must be filed within 15 days of the effective date of the increase.
- If the petition is for a service reduction, a service reduction form must be filed with the petition forms.
- Once the Program receives the petition, a copy of the petition is mailed to the property owner/manager, for review. Then, the administrator of the program will contact the property owner/manager to begin dispute resolution discussions.