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How to Apply for CA COVID-19 Rent Relief
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Statewide Eviction Protections –
What you need to know:

Statewide eviction protections have been in place across California since September 1, 2020, and were recently extended until at least September 30, 2021. The law temporarily protects tenants from eviction actions being taken for non-payment of rent if the tenant has notified the landlord that due to impacts from the COVID-19 emergency, they are unable to pay full rent. Also, until September 30, 2021, a landlord cannot terminate (evict) a tenant without a legal reason (“just cause”).

Tenants who notify their landlords of COVID-19 financial impacts CAN NOT BE EVICTED on the basis of unpaid rent between September 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021, providing that they:​

  1. Sign and return to their landlord a declaration of COVID-19 related financial impacts; AND
  2. Pay at least 25% of the rent due between September 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021 (must pay a total of 25% of the rent due during this period no later than September 30, 2021).

Once the moratorium ends on September 30, 2021, tenants are responsible for paying their full rent for the following months, unless they work out an agreement. Otherwise, we can help tenants and landlords craft those agreements – call or email us.

  1. THE UNPAID RENT IS STILL OWED!  Rent relief funds are available and could cover all of what’s owed and even assist tenants with part of future rent payments. See below for more information about rent relief assistance.
  2. Actions to collect unpaid rent cannot be filed until October 1, 2021.

Visit the State’s website for more information:

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Overview Resources
(English and Español)


Links to Tenant and Landlord Forms:​

If rent has not been paid as a result of COVID-related financial hardship, the following forms are required to be served by Landlords or Tenants to ensure compliance and protection.

Statewide Rent Relief:

Many counties’ rent relief funds are available through the State Program, including San Mateo County:

Please note that our AMI calculator calculates AMI specifically for the counties we serve.

Statewide Hotline: 1-833-687-0967​

State Application for Tenants and Landlords:

Tenant and Landlord Checklists
(English and Español)


Small Landlord Relief Information

If you are a small landlord by definition below, please click here or call FHNV to learn about what might be available.

Call (707) 224-9720

Need More Help?

Contact us: (707) 224-9720

We can assist with the following:​

  • Inform you about any laws that may affect you
  • Refer you to other agencies or organizations that may be able to help solve your problem
  • Provide counseling on the steps you can take
  • Help tenants and landlords work out a rent payment plan
  • Help property owners communicate with their lender
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