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Posted on: September 28, 2021

CA Rent Assistance Still Available, Can Be Used Towards Back Rent Owed

Need help with unpaid rent or utilities? Apply Now | ¿Necesita ayuda pagando la renta o los servicios públicos? Aplique ahora


After September 30, California renters will be responsible for paying 100% of past due rent. This rent can be covered if they apply for assistance.

As of October 1, renters who receive a notice to "pay or quit" for unpaid rent during the COVID-19 pandemic can still be protected from eviction:

  • If the notice is for unpaid rent between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, renters must give their landlord a signed declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress within 15 business days of receiving a notice to "pay or quit."
  • In all cases, by law the landlord must apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program before they can proceed with an eviction lawsuit against the renter.
  • If renters apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program within 15 business days of receiving the “pay or quit” notice, or within 15 business days of receiving a notice from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program that the landlord has started an application on their behalf, the eviction process will be stopped while the renter’s application is processed

How to Apply

Renters and landlords can find out if they’re eligible and apply for rent or utility relief directly at HousingIsKey.com or by calling the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at (833) 430-2122

For assistance in another language, help determining eligibility, help with an application, or help uploading required paperwork, applicants can schedule an appointment with a local organization near them by calling (833) 687-0967.

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