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City of Richmond Urgency Ordinance No. 02-21 ("Eviction Moratorium")

On March 23, 2021, the Richmond City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 02-21 ("Eviction Moratorium") establishing a temporary moratorium on certain evictions of residential tenants in Richmond through the local emergency and sixty (60) days thereafter. 

During the local emergency and continuing for sixty days afterward, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants in most circumstances, except for the following:

  •  A nuisance that poses an imminent health or safety threat
  • The tenant has failed to pay rent that came due between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, pursuant to the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act 
  • The termination is to remove the residential real property from the rental market (Ellis Act), but only authorized by Government Code section 7060 et seq., and following the requirements of the Chapter 5, Richmond Rent Board Regulation.

Access the City of Richmond Urgency Ordinance No. 02-21 ("Eviction Moratorium")

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California State Law Protections: COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 832)

The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 832) protects qualifying tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent through September 30, 2021, so long as certain requirements are met. Under the law, landlords may not evict Tenants for nonpayment of rent that became due between September 1, 2020,and September 30, 2021, if the Tenant returns a Declaration of COVID-19-related financial distress to the Landlord AND pays 25% of the total rent due by September 30, 2021. 

Tenants must provide a Declaration for every notice of termination of tenancy for nonpayment of rent that they receive. The law also provides mortgage relief to homeowners and landlords with four or fewer properties who have had difficulty making mortgage payments because of COVID-19. Property owners can find additional information from the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and should contact their mortgage servicer directly for more information.

NEW NOTICING REQUIREMENT

Landlords are required to provide a notice to Tenants by February 28, 2021, informing them of the new law. Please see Section 1179.04 of the California Code of Civil Procedure for additional information. 

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California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Information

Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. 

If you have experiences a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Area Median Income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California. 

Landlords and tenants can verify eligibility immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling (833) 430-2122, and if eligible, apply. 

Programa de Ayuda Con la Renta de COVID-19 de California

Los hogares que califican por sus ingresos y que necesitan ayuda financiera para pagar la renta y los servicios públicos no pagados podrán solicitar ayuda a través del Programa de Alivio de Renta COVID-19 de California. 

Si usted ha experimentado una dificultad financiera debido a COVID-19, tiene renta o servicios públicos vencidos, y tiene un ingreso familiar que no es más del 80% del ingreso medio del área, usted puede ser elegible para recibir ayuda para pagar la renta y los servicios públicos vencidos o futuros del estado de California

Los propietarios y los inquilinos pueden verificar la elegibilidad inmediatamente visitando HousingIsKey.com, o llamando al (833) 430-2122, y si son elegibles, solicitarlo.

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Contra Costa County Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-20

Under Contra Costa County's Urgency Ordinance 2021-20, adopted June 22, 2021, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants on the basis of a tenant allowing an unauthorized occupant to live in the dwelling unit, if the occupant is a member of the tenant's immediate family living in the dwelling unit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30, 2021. 

Pursuant to the Contra Costa County Urgency Ordinance, landlords may not increase the residential rent through September 30, 2021. According to the Richmond City Attorney's Office, rent controlled property in the City of Richmond fall under this prohibition.