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COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA) and COVID-19 Rental Housing Recovery Act (Recovery Act)

Effective August 31, 2020, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (“CTRA”) enacted temporary protections from eviction for residents unable to pay rent and other charges due on or after March 2020. CTRA’s protections apply to rent due March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

The Recovery Act applies to rent and other payments due between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. It also enacted significant revisions to the unlawful detainer process for actions based on non-payment of rent and other amounts due between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2022. A key requirement is that the landlord apply for rental assistance prior to filing an unlawful detainer based on non-payment.

The application process for the State’s rental assistance program is now open. Local governments have also opened their application process for rental assistance. Visit CAA’s Rental Assistance Payment Program Page for more information.

Compliance Materials

CAA has published new and updated forms and papers for complying with CTRA and the Recovery Act.

CAA WEBINAR – A Conversation with the State Agency Staff Administering the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

This webinar, ordinally broadcast on on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, is now available on-demand . Click the button below to purchase the webinar.

CAA WEBINAR – The Eviction Moratorium is Ending. Now What?

This webinar, originally broadcast on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, is now available on-demand. Click the button below to purchase the webinar.

Unsure which form to use? Review the table below to help you decide.

This table lists the new forms CAA has created to comply with CTRA and explains when to use them.

Translation of the statutory notice text

If the landlord negotiated the rental/lease agreement in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, or Korean and, as a result, was required by state law to provide a copy of the rental/lease agreement in one of those languages, the landlord is also required to provide include specific translated notice text in certain forms required by CTRA and the Recovery Act.

The required translations to be included in 15-Day and Three-day Notices have been prepared by the Department of Real Estate. Official translations of the required texts can be found here.

For more information about foreign language translation requirements, see CAA’s Industry Insight – Foreign Language Rental Agreements and Leases.

Local COVID-19 Tenant Protections

CAA has created summaries of the moratoria in the most populous areas. Click here for CAA Summaries on local COVID-19 Tenant Protections

CAA has also created the following Q&As to explain how CTRA and local protections in the most populous areas of the state overlap and interact:

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