Need Help Unpaid Rent?

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is designed to help low-income Californians through the payment of unpaid rent to landlords. Funding for this program comes from the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance.


Who can apply?

  • Landlords
  • Renters

How it Works

Unpaid rent

Landlords who participate in the CA 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.

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 you in your home under the extended eviction protections in SB 91.

Future Rent

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.

Utility Assistance

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.

Applications must include all required information, along with necessary verification items.

Once an application has been successfully processed, both the landlord and renter will be notified about the application status.

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is not on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For all applications received, the state will first review and commit funds to applicants who are eligible and meet the priority requirement having income at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) to ensure those most in need receive assistance.

What Can I Do to Get Ready?

  1. Find out if you are eligible to apply
  2. Gather the paperwork/information you will need to apply
  3. Monitor this website for updated information

Landlords

Am I Eligible?

If you are a landlord who has one or more eligible renters, you can apply to get reimbursed for 80% of each eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, if you agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent for that specific time period.

Requirements include:

  1. All payments must be used to satisfy the renter’s unpaid rent for the period between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021
  2. Your renters must take steps to verify that they meet eligibility requirements and sign the application
  3. Your renter’s household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)

Before applying, you will need*:

  • Property Deed(s)
  • Mortgage Note(s)
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Copy of Property Insurance Statement
  • Lease or rental agreement reflecting renter’s name, residence address, and monthly rent due.

If you have 10 or more tenants and would like to upload information for all of them at once when you apply, please fill out this form.

Laws enforced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) protect you from illegal discrimination and harassment in housing based. If you believe you are a victim of illegal discrimination or harassment, please contact the DFEH at 800-884-1684 or www.dfeh.ca.gov.

Participation in, and funds provided through the rental assistance program will not impact other state or federal public assistance or benefits provided to the applicant.

Need help? Find an organization in my community that can help me apply.

Find out if you are eligible for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, or another rent relief program near you by clicking the “New Application” button now.


Renters

Am I Eligible?

Eligible renters can apply for landlords to be reimbursed for 80% of each eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. The landlord must agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent for that specific time period. Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may receive 25% of unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

If one or more individuals in your household meet all of the following, you are eligible to apply:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Area Median Income

Applicants will not be asked about their citizenship, nor will they be required to show proof of citizenship.

Before applying, you will need:

Proof of loss of income, or significant costs incurred, due to COVID-19, which may include the following items.

  • Declaration of COVID-Related Financial Hardship
  • A letter of termination from your job
  • Most recent pay stub with employer’s information
  • Proof that you have applied for unemployment benefits
  • Proof that your unemployment benefits have expired, including unemployment benefits provided through the CARES Act
  • For those self-employed: tax records, income statements, or other evidence showing loss of income
  • Other items will be considered

Laws enforced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) protect you from illegal discrimination and harassment in housing based. If you believe you are a victim of illegal discrimination or harassment, please contact the DFEH at 800-884-1684 or www.dfeh.ca.gov.

Participation in, and funds provided through the rental assistance program will not impact other state or federal public assistance or benefits provided to the applicant.

Need help? Find an organization in my community that can help me apply.

Find out if you are eligible for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, or another rent relief program near you, by clicking the “New Application” button now.

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