Last updated May 16, 2022

Below are selected websites from reliable sources, vetted by our Law Librarians. This is not an exhaustive list of information available on this topic, but a starting point to provide you with basic information.

UPDATES

April 1, 2022 – The eviction moratorium for unpaid rent which was set to expire March 31 has been extended to June 30 with the passage of AB 2179, however the protection only applies to renters who applied for rent relief by March 31.

Check out this page from the California Courts website which outlines new laws applying to eviction cases.

CSA San Diego has an article detailing the COVID-19 impacts on fair housing in San Diego County.

Cal Matters Article – How long are Californians waiting for rent relief?

October 1, 2021: AB-832 ensures that an attempt is made by a tenant or landlord to secure rental assistance funds to cover any unpaid amounts in rent before a court can be allowed to order the eviction of tenant households on the basis of nonpayment. This protection is set to expire March 31, 2022.

For more details, check out UWCA Summary of Tenant Protections Under AB 832, from October 1,2021 to March 31, 2022

August 2021: There were several evictions bans (CDC, state, city, county) that overlapped. Some have already expired and some will expire soon. If you are a landlord or a tenant, please see this guide from Legal Aid Society of San Diego. There are differences between evictions for nonpayment of rent Did you know that landlords may have to have specific language in their eviction notice, if it is a reason other than not paying rent?

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

San Diego County Rental Assistance Payments

The County’s 2021 Emergency Rent and Utilities Assistance Program (ERAP) helps eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – apply here.

The County of of San Diego has an up to date listing of all the rental assistance programs throughout the region, viewable here.

The  City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program helps to pay past-due, unpaid rent and utilities for individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic – apply here.

California: Overview of Protections

For rental assistance, eviction protections, and mortgage relief programs from the State of California government website, check out Housing is Key.

October 1, 2021: AB-832 ensures that an attempt is made by a tenant or landlord to secure rental assistance funds to cover any unpaid amounts in rent before a court can be allowed to order the eviction of tenant households on the basis of nonpayment. This protection is set to expire March 31, 2022.

For more details, check out UWCA Summary of Tenant Protections Under AB 832, from October 1,2021 to March 31, 2022

The San Diego Legal Aid Society has put together guidance about California Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules relating to Evictions and Landlords.

This is a collection of protections in many counties or cities in California. It is not alphabetical so you’ll have to scan for your city or county. It was last updated April 4, 2020.

The California Lawyer’s Association, Real Property Section, prepared an article with an overview of COVID-19’s impact on statewide evictions. To access, click here.

Federal: Overview of Protections

Under section 4024 of the CARES Act, for 120 days beginning on March 27, 2020, lessors of “covered dwellings” cannot file a court action for an eviction or charge additional fees for nonpayment of rent if their dwelling is secured by a federally backed mortgage or participates in various federal programs.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Webpage with updates on federal housing programs in light of the coronavirus.

March 18 2020: HUD suspends all foreclosures and issues an eviction moratorium for 60 days for anyone with a FHA-insured mortgage. See the article for full information. This has been extended to August 31. There is a more complete description of various protections and time periods here.

July 8 2020: HUD announced an eviction prevention and stability toolkit, available here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has prepared a resource guide covering COVID-19 Updates and Resources. See section on Housing, Debt, and Consumer Issues.

From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Know your rights as a renter facing eviction

Rental assistance may help you and your tenants get through the pandemic

Stanford Law School created a searchable database of memos written by top U.S law firms on a variety of COVID-19 related legal issues including issues related to housing and eviction – http://covidmemo.law.stanford.edu/

MORTGAGES

Are you having trouble paying your mortgage because of COVID-19 / Coronavirus, but you’re not sure how to talk to your lender? One tool that can help is hellolender.org. The website has sample letters you may find helpful.

The National Consumer Law Center released a new chapter on homeowners rights for free. Check it out here.

December 23, 2020: from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Mortgage relief deadlines have been expended for mortgages backed by federal government agencies or the government sponsored agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more about the protections here.

California

For rental assistance, eviction protections, and mortgage relief programs from the State of California government website, check out Housing is Key.

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation on the California State website has a portal for foreclosure protection and relief. Check it out here.

Many banks are waiving mortgage payments for up to 90 days for California residents who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. The banks include Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi, and JP Morgan Chase. Bank of America has instituted a 30-day waiver which can be extended. Check here for more information about programs from hundreds of banks.

CARES Act Protections

The CARES Act created important protections for owners of 1 to 4 properties as well those who own 5 or more properties.

Are you having trouble paying your mortgage due to events related to COVID-19? Do you have questions about whether the CARES Act can help you? The National Consumer Law Center has put together a help page to help answer your questions about both the CARES Act and other programs. In September, new rights for homeowners exiting forbearance were announced.

They have also put together an overview of options if you are facing a foreclosure.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

They have created a in-depth guide to possible mortgage relief options if you’re having trouble with your mortgage due to COVID-19. Help for Homeowners and renters, and landlords.

HOMEOWNERS

From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: New mortgage servicing rule aims to prevent avoidable foreclosures as protections expire.

EVICTION – LANDLORDS

Beginning September 1, 2021, the County of San Diego’s Rental Assistance for Small Landlord Program is making direct financial assistance available to landlords who own property in the County, with no more than five units, and who have tenants who are at least three months overdue for paying rent.
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/sdhcd/community-development/RASL.html

SAMPLE PAY RENT OR QUIT NOTICES

August 24, 2021 Under the Code of Civil Procedure section 1179.03 the following 15 day notice samples are available for landlords to use, organized by type of rental situation. These samples are made available from Butte County Law Library.

Notice A Protected Rent Period – House or Condo + High Income Tenant

Notice B Protected Rent Period – House or Condo + non high-income Income Tenant

Notice C Protect Rent Period – Apartment (et cetera) + High Income Tenant

Notice D Protect Rent Period – Apartment (et cetera) + non high-income Income Tenant

Notice E Transitional Rent Period – House or Condo + High Income Tenant

Notice F Transitional Rent Period – House or Condo – non high-income tenant

Notice G Transitional Rent Period – Apartment (et cetera) + High Income Tenant

Notice H Transitional Rent Period – Apartment (et cetera) + Non-High Income Tenant

Under the Code of Civil Procedure section 1946.2, subsection (b)(2), the following 60-day notice of termination of tenancy for no-fault just cause is available. This sample was made available from Butte County Law Library.

60-Day Notice of Termination of Tenancy for No-Fault Just Cause

August 9, 2021 From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): Information for Landlords on Federal rental assistance

EVICTION – TENANTS

For rental assistance, eviction protections, and mortgage relief programs from the State of California government website, check out Housing is Key.

The County’s 2021 Emergency Rent and Utilities Assistance Program (ERAP) helps eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – apply here.

CSA San Diego County Services include fair housing, rent moratoriums and rental assistance. Contact them here.

City of San Diego Eviction Prevention Program

The  City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program helps to pay past-due, unpaid rent and utilities for individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic – apply here.

Contact:
Hotline: 1-877 LEGAL AID (1-877-534-2524)
TTY: 1-800-735-2929
Email: Info@lassd.org

The San Diego Legal Aid Society has put together guidance about San Diego City and County’s Emergency Rules relating to Evictions and Landlords.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Housing Law – https://sdvlp.org/landlord-tenant/

Community Law Project Walk In Clinic – https://cwclp.org/

Are you a tenant looking for help to explain to your landlord that your are having trouble paying your rent because of COVID-19 / Coronavirus? One tool that can help is hellolandlord.org. The website has sample letters you can use and modify to explain your situation to your landlord.

Here is an informational sheet and a sample letter to write to your landlord if you’re having difficulty paying your agreed-upon rent.

San Diego Housing Commission has a variety of resources.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a Help for Renters page.

2021 Eviction Laws and Common Misperceptions (MCLE)

This class provides an overview of the current landlord/tenant eviction process and highlight some of the common misperceptions regarding the laws in California. Judge Álvarez will share her insight on this subject based on her experience as an Unlawful Detainer judge.

UPDATES ARCHIVE

August 2021: Guidance from HUD for landlords dealing with tenants who owe rent.

June 2021: Article from the CFPB – Facing eviction? What to do before the CDC eviction moratorium expires

May 2021: The City of San Diego and the County of San Diego have new rental assistance programs. For details, see below under the Need Help With Your Rent heading.

March 2, 2021: renters throughout the San Diego region will be able to apply for additional rental and utility assistance:

https://www.countynewscenter.com/county-ready-to-distribute-over-100-million-in-rental-assistance/

January 2021: This article from Procopio highlights what California residential landlords need to be familiar with about the California Relief Act (AB 3088).

January 28, 2021: Governor Newsom signed legislation to assist California renters and landlords.

  1. An extension of the state’s eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021.
  2. $2.6 billion in rental relief.

January 26, 2021: San Diego City Council approved legislation that protects tenants in San Diego once state and federal protections have expired.

December, 2020: Two types of relief for renters were signed into law to benefit renters nationwide. Click here to learn more details about this relief.

  1. $25 billion for emergency rental assistance . The funds will be distributed by the U.S. Department of Treasury to states and local governments in 2021.
  2. An extension of the CDC’s eviction moratorium until at least March 31, 2021. This means the protections last beyond the CDC’s original expiration date of December 31, 2020.

There is a lot of information about restrictions on evictions in California due to COVID-19. This short article provides an overview of how different state, federal, and local laws and rules work together.

December 1, 2020: the County of San Diego is accepting applications for up to $3000 in rental assistance from qualifying households that have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. Applications will be accepted until the funding runs out:

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/sdhcd/rental-assistance.html

October, 2020: A new state law on evictions allows landlords to start filing residential eviction cases for failure to pay rent or other financial obligations. This law provides protections for renters who are given an eviction notice because they are unable to pay their rent or other charges between March 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021, due to COVID-19-related financial distress. To read more about this update and new forms, check out this page of the California Court’s website.

There are also federal protections in place and many cities and counties have local ordinances that were developed to extend special protections to renters during the COVID-19 emergency.

August, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 3088 under which no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction. For more, check out this resource.

Here is a link to Assembly Bill No. 3088.

An interactive guide to protections for landlords and tenants under the California Tenants Relief Act of 2020 is available here.

August 17, 2020: The City of Vista announced a rental assistance program for tenants impacted by COVID-19. You can read more about the program here.

July, 2020: The City of San Diego voted to extend rent payment period for tenants struggled with COVID-19 till Dec. 30, 2020, but still needs a second vote. Read more here.

June, 2020: The City of San Diego passed an ordinance to provide an eviction moratorium. Tenants are still responsible for rent and landlord will be able to recover owed rent at a later time. On June 30, 2020, this ordinance was extended to September 30, 2020.