Covid-19: Resources for Navigating the Outbreak
Reminder: Informational Notice of COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act Extension and New Rental Assistance Program (Form CA-405) Must Be Provided By 2/28/21
The Informational Notice should be sent to any renter who has missed a rent payment since 3/1/20. The form MUST be provided by Feburary 28, 2021 (this Sunday). Read the instructions prior to sending the notice here. This form is also available on the SFAA website.
Under Senate Bill 91 (SB-91), the State of California will provide up to $2.6 billion in emergency rental assistance to California households and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households and landlords may receive assistance with arrears and/or prospective rent and utility bills. San Francisco's allotment of this funding is approximately $26 Million.
Additional details regarding eligibility are forthcoming. In the interim, federal guidelines state that eligible tenant households must have:
- income at or below 80% of AMI,
- experienced a decrease in income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and
- demonstrated risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
Applications will be accepted in mid-March, 2021. Please stay tuned for more details.
In the meantime, it's a good idea to get prepared and go through your files and build a spreadsheet with all apartments who have missed rent payments since March of 2020. The rental assistance application will likely require you to provide the apartment address, the tenant's name, the tenant's estimated income, the amount of monthly rent, the amount of total rent, the number of months of rent missed and other pertinent information.
SB 91 replaces California’s COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, or AB 3088, which expires this Sunday.
Under AB 3088, COVID-19 affected tenants were given until Jan. 31, to pay 25% of back rent accrued since Sept. 1, 2020, or be subject to eviction. SB 91 extends that deadline to June 30.