The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act and the COVID-19 Rental Housing Act was signed by Governor Newsom on June 28, 2021. The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act extended previous iterations of state law passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provided that residential Tenants who are unable to pay rent during COVID-19 emergency cannot be evicted for rent that became due between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021, if certain requirements are met. The Act's eviction protections apply only where the evictions are based on nonpayment of rent.
Further, the COVID-19 Rental Housing Recovery Act provides for certain requirements for landlords seeking to evict for nonpayment of rent between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, including the requirement to seek and apply for rental assistance. Tenants may also apply and potentially have their eviction for nonpayment of rent dismissed and/or have most or all of their rental debt that accrued during the covered period paid.
Please visit our homepage at www.richmondrent.org for more information about evictions during the period of local emergency, as well as resources, noticing requirements, and other emergency needs. Access the COVID-19 and Rental: What Richmond Tenants and Landlords Need to Know Fact Sheet (English and Spanish). Under the Just Cause for eviction provisions of the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, Tenants can only be evicted for specific reasons stated in the law. The Just Cause for eviction law provided in Rent Ordinance (RMC 11.100) will continue to apply to most residential Tenants. Rent Program staff are available by phone at (510) 234-RENT  or email (email@example.com) to address any questions from community members.
In accordance with RMC 11.100.060(s)(1) and Rent Board Regulation 17-10, Landlords are required to file a copy of all tenancy termination notices (including three day notices to pay rent or quit and notices to perform covenant or quit) with the Rent Board within two (2) business days after service on the Tenant. A Proof of Service with time and date of service must be included with the copy of the notice filed with the Rent Board. Please complete and submit the following form to file a copy of the notice to terminate tenancy with the Rent Board. NOTE: If the Landlord is terminating tenancy due to Withdrawal from the Rental Market, please call (510) 234-RENT (7368) or visit the Rent Program office, located on the second floor of 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804, to speak with a staff member and obtain notice templates and recording documents.
The Rent Program offers informal mediation services to assist Landlords and Tenants in the City of Richmond with resolving disputes. Landlords who wish to attempt mediation with a Tenant should be aware that service of a 3-Day Notice, 10-Day Notice, or other Termination of Tenancy notice, may disqualify the case for mediation with the Rent Program. Please call (510) 234-RENT (7368) for more information.
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