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COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA)

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 was extended in January 2021 by SB 91, and again by AB 832, effective June 28, 2021. CTRA’s protections now apply to rent due March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

AB 832 requires landlords to serve an Informational Notice about the extension on all residents who as of July 1, 2021 owe rental payments due on or after March 1, 2020. This Notice must be served by July 31, 2021.

CTRA also applies “just cause” eviction protections (as defined in AB 1482), to all tenancies and all properties through September 30, 2021.

Landlords are also prohibited from using non-payment of COVID-19 rental debt to disqualify applicants for rent housing and as grounds for non-renewal of tenancy.

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.

CAA WEBINAR – AB 832: Extension of the Statewide Eviction Moratorium & Rental Assistance

This webinar, originally broadcast on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, is now available on-demand. Click the button below to purchase the webinar.

Compliance Materials

CAA has published new and updated forms and papers for complying with the AB 832 extension of CTRA, effective June 28, 2021.

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

To help you determine which form should be served, use the CAA COVID-19 Forms Flowchart.

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

What is 130% of Median Income for your county?

The values in this table have been adjusted to show the greater of 130% of median income or $100,000, consistent with the requirements of the law.

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 the unsigned copy of a declaration of COVID-19-related financial distress to the resident in that language. As required by CTRA, the Department of Real Estate has official translations of the text of the declaration on their website, which 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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