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Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021     Views: 99

Where can I find information on new California eviction and rent relief laws?

Economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have caused lawmakers to pass new laws affecting landlords and tenants including eviction/unlawful detainer protections and rent relief laws. You can read about these laws on the following websites:

Housing is Key

This website includes information on California COVID-19 rent relief, eviction protection guidelines, eviction protection forms, resources, and other information. Provided by the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency 


New Laws Apply to Eviction Cases

This California Courts website has information on new COVID-19-related eviction legislation and forms.


Landlord Checklists 

"These checklists, starting on page 2, explain your rights and responsibilities under state law in eviction cases beginning October 5, 2020. This information applies only to residential tenancies in which the tenant or tenants are individual persons (not a business or company)"

August 27, 2021


Tenant Checklists

"This checklist explains your rights and responsibilities under state law if you are being 
evicted any time after October 5, 2020.

Note: You may have additional rights under other laws

o The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended their 
Temporary Halt in Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
through June 30, 2021.

o Your city or county may have a local ordinance with protections for renters 
during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please consult an attorney, legal aid office or court self-help center for additional 
information about your rights and responsibilities under federal, state and local 

Governor Newsom Signs Nation-Leading Rent Relief Program for Low-Income Tenants, Eviction Moratorium Extension & Additional Legislation


Where can I find legal help regarding evictions?


Some legal aid organizations which provide help around eviction and landlord-tenant laws include: 

East Bay Community Law Center

Bay Area Legal Aid

ECHO Housing

Eviction Defense Center 

Centro Legal de la Raza

Legal Access Alameda (low-income landlord clinic)


For more information on legal aid and other resources, see:

Legal Aid, Shelter, & Foreclosure Resources