San Bernardino County Tenants Need Covid-19 Relief Now!

BACKGROUND: 

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic

Under the Governor’s Executive Order, through May 31, 2020, evictions related to non-payment of rent for COVID-19-related economic hardships have been halted. If you are financially impacted by COVID-19 and can’t pay your full rent, make sure to let your landlord know in writing no later than seven days after the rent is due, and save documentation as proof. Learn of other financial assistance.

California Eviction Moratorium

California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.​

If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent, you should:

  • Explain your financial situation to your landlord and relay how much you are able to pay 
  • Save all financial documents 
  • Pay as much of your rent as you can

If your landlord is attempting to evict you for not paying rent and you took all of the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider.

TOOLS:

California Partnership, has a pdf generator to make a letter to notify your landlord about the rent moratorium. Just add your info and it will generate a pdf and email it to you. You can print it or attach it to an email to notify your landlord:

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?:

The Governor's Executive Order is guidance for local counties and municipalities, leaving them to enforce the eviction moratorium. As the Los Angeles Times wrote on March 25th:  

While federal, state and local governments have provided some protection against evictions and foreclosures during the escalating pandemic, landlords and tenants agree they need a lot more help to prevent people from losing their homes and properties. And the number of people looking for relief could be staggering. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that more than 1 million Californians have applied for unemployment benefits this month after being laid off because of the pandemic.

Landlord groups have started telling their members to stop evicting tenants, cancel any planned rent increases and waive late fees for nonpayment — all previously unthinkable proposals from apartment owners who have spent tens of millions of dollars to block state and local ballot measures to expand rent control.

“This is an unprecedented crisis, and through no fault of their own, people are struggling,” said Jim Lapides, spokesman for the National Multifamily Housing Council, a national landlord advocacy group. “It’s up to us to do our part.”

On Sunday, the group told its members that they should halt evictions for anyone affected by the coronavirus for the next three months, hold off on rent increases and work out payment plans for tenants. The California Apartment Assn., the state’s largest landlord group, has made a similar request of its members.

Newsom has not banned evictions or foreclosures outright. Instead, keeping with his approach of releasing guidelines and advisories rather than legal mandates during the pandemic, he issued an executive order last week asking cities and counties to enact such bans.

Without overarching statewide action, the response has been a patchwork.

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Resources

EVICTION/RENT REMINDER

If you have been impacted by COVID-19, you may be able to delay rent payments and/or avoid eviction. If you are unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19, you must notify your landlords in writing no later than seven days after your rent is due.  Know your rights as a renter -- click HERE for tenant protections made by Inland Counties Legal Societies. (Note: the document does not represent legal advice; please consult an attorney for legal advice). 

Additional Resources

Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc. (ICLSI)
Offers legal services to low-income persons residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Appointments/Intake Line: (888) 245-4257
Senior Line: (800) 977-4257
Website: https://www.inlandlegal.org/

Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board (IFHMB)
IFHMB does not provide legal services, but information, understanding of rights, and informal mediation between the landlord and tenant.

General Line: (909) 984-2254
To report housing discrimination: (909) 984-2245 ext. 175
Email: info@ifhmb.com or fairhousing@ifmb.com
Website: https://www.ifhmb.com/

Housing Authority of San Bernardino County (HASBC)
Provides resources for individuals living in HASBC housing in San Bernardino County. 

San Bernardino Office: (909) 890-9533
Upland Office: (909) 982-2649
Victorville Office: (760) 243-1043
Website: http://www.hacsb.com/index

Housing Rights Center
Offers resources for tenants and landlords for LA County.

Phone: (800) 477-5977
Email: info@housingrightscenter.org 
Website: http://www.housingrightscenter.org/covid-resources

 

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Pomona Self-Help Legal Access Center
Provides resources for LA County residents who may be served an eviction notice despite hardship due to COVID-19.

General Help Line: 1 (800) 433-6251 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM)
Pomona Self-Help Legal Access Center Line: (818) 485-0572
Email: PSHpublic@nlsla.org
 
Website: https://www.nlsla.org/covid-19-legal-changes/