Help for Renters & Homeowners

Monterey County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Information

Eviction Moratorium 

The Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act (AB3088) was signed into law on August 31, 2020. AB 3088 established a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 financial hardship until January 31, 2021. The COVID-19Tenant Relief Act(Act) signed January 29, 2021 extends the state’s current eviction moratorium for tenants unable to pay rent due to COVID-related financial hardships, as established under AB 3088, by 5months, from Jan 31, 2021 until June 30, 2021.

The Act includes the same eligibility and program rules as before including: 

  • Pauses all evictions for tenants experiencing COVID hardship.
  • Exceptions for just cause and health & safety evictions.
  • Available to any tenants who attests under penalty of perjury that he/she has not been able to pay full rent due to COVID circumstances.
  • If a tenant pays at least 25 percent of his/her rent owed between September 2020 and June 2021, the balance due of that tenant’s rent converts from rental debt to civil debt.
  • This means that, while the debt remains owed, it can never be the basis for an eviction going forward.

Included in the Act was the creation of the state’s Rental Assistance program. Our Agency is in full swing to develop the program with input obtained through our stakeholder process. The program is available for tenants at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), with a priority emphasis on helping tenants at or below 50 percent of AMI. Landlords can choose to accept 80% for any rent owed from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021. If a landlord accepts this funding, the landlord forgives the remaining 20%. If a landlord chooses not to participate, the tenant can still apply for relief valued at 25% of whatever back rent they owe for the covered time period. The program will be ready to begin accepting applications no later than March 15, 2021.

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Legal Services 

This information is for residents that find themselves in the eviction process.  The resources provided below are not affiliated with the City of Marina and therefore the City cannot endorse any legal advice.  Residents are encouraged to do their own research to ensure there interests are being protected.