The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs has launched a rent relief program that will provide $68.7 million in grants to support rental housing providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This initiative is designed to assist landlords in Los Angeles County, excluding the city of Los Angeles, who have experienced difficulties due to tenants’ inability to pay rent. 

The program offers grants of up to $30,000 per rental unit, aimed at covering eligible unpaid rental debt and associated expenses like utilities incurred since April 1, 2022. Landlords within Los Angeles County can apply for these grants, which are intended to alleviate rental arrears from April 2022 onwards, excluding periods covered by other mortgage relief programs. 

Eligibility criteria include proof of property ownership, rental agreements, and W9 information. The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, or DCBA, has established a priority consideration policy to address the most pressing cases. Priority will be given to units in high-need areas, landlords or tenants with household incomes at or below 80% of the L.A. County Area Median Income, landlords who can fully satisfy tenants’ debt upon receipt of the grant, and landlords owning no more than four rental units. 

Applicants are required to submit various documents, including proof of identity, income, property ownership, tenancy, rent owed, and other outstanding eligible expenses. The Program and Application Guide offers detailed information, application tips, and submission instructions. 

The rent relief program complements other resources such as Stay Housed LA and DCBA Rental Housing Supports and Services. Rental housing providers seeking more information on the program are advised to visit the DCBA website