Over the past few years the County of Marin, State of California, and other Cities and Towns 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.
For more information about eviction protections put in place due to COVID-19 and the Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, visit this page.
Housing During COVID-19
COVID-19 Renter Protections
On March 24, 2020, the County of Marin established a local COVID eviction moratorium for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 financial hardship. In September 2020, the State of California passed a statewide eviction protection law for nonpayment of rent for those that have suffered financial loss due to COVID-19, which was most recently extended until June 30, 2021. On February 9, 2021, the Marin Board of Supervisors approved an urgency rent freeze Ordinance in Marin City and parts of West Marin, areas which have experienced a disproportionate COVID-19 impact in unincorporated Marin. The cities of San Rafael and Novato have passed rent freeze Ordinances in their most disproportionately impacted communities.
Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Marin County has received additional funding for rental assistance. An online application is coming soon.
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.