Renter and Landlord Resources
On March 24, 2020 the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved an emergency resolution to prevent residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ban is in effect countywide in every city, town, and unincorporated area of Marin County and lasts until May 31, 2020, unless extended by the Board of Supervisors.
The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19.
In addition, the County of Marin has partnered with the Marin Community Foundation to create a $1 million local relief fund. A portion of these funds will be designated to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program being administered by the Marin Health and Human Services (HHS). This program is for people who are at risk of homelessness and need rental assistance to prevent eviction to due a loss if income from the COVID-19 pandemic. For anyone seeking assistance, please call (415) 473-7191 and leave a message with your name and contact, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at www.housingfirst.marinhhs.org.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document below for more information. If you have any outstanding questions about the emergency ban on evictions, contact Housing and Federal Grants Division staff by email at email@example.com or telephone at 415-473-7309.
Eviction Ban Resources
- Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
- Resolution: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
- FAQs (last updated 03/27/2020): English, Español, Tiếng Việt
- Tenant Statement to Landlord: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
- Marin County Public Health’s Shelter-in-Place Order: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
- Informational Flyer: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Over the past few years the County of Marin, State of California, and other Cities and Town’s within Marin County have adopted legislation regarding rental housing. This page is designed to be a central hub to access information about this legislation and various tools for both renters and landlords.
Marin County Landlord Registry
A tool for Landlords to register their properties
Properties in unincorporated Marin with three dwelling units or more must register their units with the Marin County Community Development Agency by June 1, 2019 and annually thereafter by January 1.
Jurisdiction Look-up Tool
The County's tool to determine which Marin jurisdiction your property is located
Properties with mailing addresses in cities and towns can be located in the Unincorporated Marin County. Different laws apply to cities, towns, and unincorporated Marin.
State of California Legislation
AB 1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019
On October 8, 2019 Governor Newsom signed AB 1482 providing rent cap and just cause eviction protections.
SB 329 Source of Income
On October 8, 2019 Governor Newsom signed SB 329 to prohibit the discrimination against renters and potential renters with third party rental subsidies such as Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers in California.
County of Marin Legislation
Just Cause for Eviction
The Just Cause for eviction policy in unincorporated areas of Marin applies to properties with three or more units and requires that tenants be given a reason for a lease termination and establishes prerequisites for issuing terminations.
Rental Housing Dispute Resolution (Mandatory Mediation)
Mandatory Mediation program offers an opportunity for landlords and tenants to discuss issues related to increases in monthly rent greater than 5% over a 12-month period. This service is available for rents raised in compliance with AB 1482.
Source of Income
The Source of Income policy prohibits landlords from discriminating against renters and potential renters with third party rental subsidies such as Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers.
Other Local Jurisdiction Legislation
City of San Rafael
The City of San Rafael has adopted three policies and programs to support landlords and tenants including Just Cause for Eviction, Mandatory Mediation, and Source of Income.
Town of Fairfax
The Town of Fairfax has adopted three policies and programs to support landlords and tenants including Just Cause for Eviction, Mandatory Mediation, and Source of Income.
Other County Resources
Consumer Protection Unit of the District Attorney's Office
The Consumer Protection Unit is focused on protecting the public, prosecuting violators and preventing future violations of law through the use of enforcement, mediation, referral and outreach.
Environmental Health Services (EHS) Rental Housing Program
The EHS Rental Housing program is tasked with ensuring safe and healthful shelter by ensuring compliance with requirements for sanitation, ventilation, maintenance, use and occupancy for apartment houses, hotels and motels.
Marin County Law Library
The Marin County Law Library serves the public by providing access to legal formation resources through a variety of media, research assistance and technologies.