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Frequently Asked Questions: SB 91 – New State Rental Assistance Program and Extension of COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act

On January 29, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 91. It took effect immediately. This new law sets the rules for use of the funds allocated to California under the $25 billion emergency rental assistance funding created by the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260), the federal stimulus bill passed by Congress on December 27, 2020. SB 91 also extends the state’s COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA), originally enacted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor on August 31, 2020. It extends the law through June 30, 2021, and enacts new protections for renters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.