Renter and Landlord Resources

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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. Subscribe to this page to receive updates and announcements.


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COVID-19 Emergency Ban on Evictions
Information and Resources

Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Programa de Asistencia con la Renta del Condado de Marin

Do you need help paying for rent between September 2020 and January 2021? / ¿Necesita ayuda pagar su renta para los meses de septiembre 2020 a enero 2021?

The County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program is currently open and accepting applicants. To apply for and receive assistance, please do the following: / El Programa de Asistencia con la Renta del Condado de Marin ahora está abierto y aceptando aplicaciones. Para aplicar y recibir asistencia, por favor haga lo siguiente:

  • Step 1: Call (415) 473-2223 or CA Relay 711 to be added to the waitlist. If your call is not answered, please leave a message with your name and callback number so a member of our staff can contact you. / Paso 1: Llame al 415-473-2223 o Servicio de Retransmisión de CA 711
    para poner su nombre en la lista de espera. Si no contesta su llamada, por favor deje un mensaje con su nombre y número de teléfono para que un miembro de nuestro personal pueda regresar su llamada.
  • Step 2: Our staff will reach out to you to ask some intake questions. / Paso 2: Nuestro personal le llamará con algunas preguntas básicas.
  • Step 3: Once the intake is complete, you will need to send the following documents before we can move forward with assistance: / Paso 3: Después de la conversación inicial, usted necesitará mandar los siguientes documentos antes que podremos seguir con la asistencia:
    • Copy of photo ID with a Marin County address (if your ID doesn't have a Marin County address, you will need to send a copy of a photo ID with a utility bill/other bill that shows your Marin County address) / Copia de su identificación con una dirección en el condado de Marin (si su identificación no tiene una dirección en el condado de Marin, necesitará mandar una copia de su identificación junto con una factura de luz u otro servicio público, u otra fractura que enseña que su dirección es dentro del condado de Marin)
    • Proof of income (pay stub, bank statement) / Una prueba de ingresos (talón de pago, declaración de banco)
    • Copy of the first page of your rental lease, or other proof of residency / Copia de la primera página de su contrato de arrendamiento, u otra prueba de su residencia

*Note: if you can’t get some of this documentation, we are willing to work with you to show your financial situation in other ways. / *Nota: si usted no puede obtener alguna documentación, nosotros podemos trabajar con usted para mostrar su situación financiera en otras maneras.

*Note: this program is open to all Marin residents regardless of citizenship status. / *Nota: ofrecemos este programa a todos que viven en el condado de Marin, independientemente de su estatus ciudadanía.

Questions? Please email RentalAssistance@MarinCounty.org, or call (415) 473-2223. / ¿Preguntas? Si tiene preguntas, puede mandar un correo electrónico a RentalAssistance@MarinCounty.org, o llamar al 415-473-2223.

Requests for disability accommodations may be made by phoning (415) 473-2223 (Voice), CA Relay 711 or by e-mail at RentalAssistance@MarinCounty.org. / Se pueden hacer solicitudes de adaptaciones por discapacidad llamando por teléfono a (415) 473-2223 (Voz), Servicio de Retransmisión de CA 711 o por correo electrónico a RentalAssistance@MarinCounty.org.

AB 3088: The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

On August 31, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 3088: the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. This bill brings forward protections against eviction for nonpayment of rent to tenants that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and completed the required prerequisites under AB 3088 until January 31, 2021.

For rent due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, a tenant may not be evicted for nonpayment of rent if they have done the following:

  1. Provide a signed declaration (EspañolTiếng Việtрусскийفارسی to the landlord indicating that the tenant cannot pay rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship.
  2. If the tenant pays at least 25% of total rent due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 by January 31, 2021.

The remaining 75% of rent will be considered consumer debt, and can be collected by the landlord through small claims court on or after March 1, 2021. Under the current law, landlords will be able to proceed with eviction cases beginning February 1, 2021 for tenants who have failed to pay at least 25% of rent which came due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.  

Click here to view frequently asked questions (FAQs) about AB 3088 from the State of California.

In addition to the tenant and landlord checklist documents above, the Judicial Council of California has also put together a new webpage with more resources and information.

 Flow chart for AB 3088, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

English: AB 3088 Flow Chart (click on the image to make larger)

 Flow chart in Spanish for AB 3088, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

Español: AB 3088 Diagrama (haga clic en la imagen para ampliar)

You can find more information about AB 3088 in the dropdown below.

Click on the expandable links below for more information about the State of California's temporary ban on evictions, related documents and community resources.

  • AB 3088: the Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (State)   
    On September 1, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 3088, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. This law:
    • Expands some mortgage protections currently available for homeowners to small landlords (4 or fewer units)
    • Limits pursuing foreclosure and loan modifications at the same time
    • Requires loan providers to give specific information as to why a loan modification is denied
    • Provides protections against eviction for tenants that have been unable to pay rent due to financial impact related to COVID-19.

    Eviction protections due to loss of income from COVID-19

    Prohibits a landlord from evicting a tenant who has been unable to pay rent between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020, if:

    • The tenant provides the landlord with a declaration stating their finances have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
    • "High income" tenants, defined as tenants that earn above 130% of the Area Median Income, may also be required to submit documentation to verify their financial hardship related to COVID-19.

    Prohibits a landlord from evicting a tenant for nonpayment of rent between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 if the tenant completes the following:

    • The tenant provides the landlord with a declaration stating their finances have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
    • "High income" tenants, defined as tenants that earn above 130% of the Area Median Income may also be required to submit documentation to verify their financial hardship related to COVID-19.
    • By January 31, 2021, the tenant must pay 25% of rental payments due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. The remaining 75% can be collected through a breach of contract action and cannot be used as a reason for eviction. This action may not be taken before March 1, 2021.

    Requires landlords that are attempting to evict for reasons of nonpayment of rent to provide a 15-day notice (as opposed to a 3-day notice) and must provide a blank declaration form (Español, Tiếng Việt, русский, فارسی) to their tenant to sign to give them the opportunity to explain reason for nonpayment.

    Just Cause

    This law also extends "just cause" protections under AB 1482, the Tenants Protection Act of 2019, to all residents until February 1, 2021, with some exceptions:

    • Jurisdictions with an existing Just Cause for eviction policy (unincorporated Marin, City of San Rafael, Town of Fairfax) are subject to the local ordinance. Jurisdictions under AB 1482 in Marin include: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, Sausalito and Tiburon.

    Modifications to AB 1482 include the following:

    • The "no fault" cause related to substantial rehabilitation is limited to circumstances that are necessary to comply with health and safety laws.
    • Provides an exception for single-family home and condo owners that are under contract with a buyer who intend to occupy the home.

    For a tenant that has resided in a unit for longer than 12 months, a "no fault" eviction under AB 1482 (owner move-in or immediate relative move-in, or withdrawal of the unit from the rental market) requires the landlord to pay relocation assistance in the amount of one month's rent or a rent waiver equal to one month's rent.

    Other provisions 

    • Increased penalties for landlords for illegal lockouts
      • $1,000 - $2,500 if the resident has provided the declaration of financial impact.

    • Prevents Landlords from retaliating against tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID until February 2021. 

    • Limits local jurisdictions ability to pass additional tenant protections related to COVID
      • Cannot extend repayment deadlines past March 2021
      • Cannot pass additional or new protections related to unpaid rent due to COVID

Questions?    

If you have any outstanding questions about the emergency ban on evictions, contact Housing and Federal Grants Division staff by email at affordablehousing@marincounty.org or telephone at 415-473-7309.


Marin County Landlord Registry

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

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AB 1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019
On October 8, 2019 Governor Newsom signed AB 1482 providing rent cap and just cause eviction protections.

 


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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

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.

 

Dispute Resolution

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

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.

 


City of Fairfax

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.