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9/29/21

 

post-moratorium Information & Resources for renters

 

The statewide moratorium on eviction expires tomorrow night, ending some essential protections for renters who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. If you or someone you know is at risk of eviction, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

 

If you haven’t already done so, apply for rent assistance immediately. Qualified applicants can have their back rent paid in full going back to April 2020, which can protect you from being evicted or targeted by debt-collection lawsuits.

 

Apply for rent assistance here

 

Beginning October 1, 2021, your landlord must apply for rental assistance before they can try to evict you through the courts for failing to pay your rent.

 

Although your landlord may give you a notice to “pay or quit” (which is a notice from your landlord that gives you a certain amount of time to pay the outstanding rent you owe or vacate your home) at any time, they will not be able to legally evict you without first applying for rental assistance.

 

If you receive a notice to “pay or quit,” it is strongly recommended that you immediately get legal assistance to determine and protect your rights. If your notice to “pay or quit” includes a “Declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress”—and you have been financially impacted by the pandemic—you should sign and return the declaration to your landlord within 15 business days to bolster your protections.

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 rental assistance program that your landlord has started an application on your behalf.

 

Here is a fact sheet that outlines legal protections still available to renters in California as of October 1, 2021.

 

If you believe that your landlord is not following the law but you don’t have the resources to defend yourself in court, you can contact Legal Services of Northern California and apply for free legal services and representation. More information here.

 

Just because landlords can evict you, doesn’t mean they have to. We strongly encourage folks to try to reach out to their landlords to negotiate repayment of back rent on terms you can afford to avoid eviction. The Sacramento CARES mediation program exists to provide no cost, voluntary dispute resolution services for tenants and landlords within the City of Sacramento, should a third-party mediator become necessary. You can connect to this service by calling 916-850-9010 or emailing sacramento@calawyersforthearts.org. Program continues while funding is available.

 

If you are looking for overall help with your budget and/or other financial matters (banking, credit, savings, etc.) the City also offers free, personalized financial coaching for local residents through our Financial Empowerment Center. Call 916-808-4927 or email FEC@cityofsacramento.org to request an appointment.

 

Finally, the Sacramento Self Help Housing program is available to individuals and families who have insufficient resources for adequate housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call the helpline at (916) 389-7877 or email them at info@sacselfhelp.org. More information can be found on their website.

 

Please help ensure our neighbors know their rights by sharing this information far and wide.

 

Note: Some tenants in the City of Sacramento are protected against rent gouging and unjust evictions under the Tenant Protection Program. More information on that program is available here.