SMRR Tenant Hotline: 310-394-0848
7/2/21: State legislature and Governor have enacted a new law. It has good tenant protections but it supersedes all local protections created or extended after August 2020. It explains how to deal with your landlord. It adds a new and better rent relief for both tenants and landlords. It applies to 100% of rent due in the past, and into the future for a time. You must apply if you need to get rid of rent due now, in the past, and a bit into the future. To apply, visit the state of California’s Housing Is Key website which is Housing.ca.gov. It is much easier to apply now than it was in previous weeks. Legal Aid can help you fill out the application if you need assistance, 800-399-4529.
6/24/21: Eviction Moratorium Extension! LA County Board of Supervisors has extended the moratorium on evictions for those who didn’t pay rent because of Covid-19 related issues. This applies to both residential and business tenants. The extension is until September 30, 2021. It applies to Charter cities like Santa Monica and City of LA.
SMRR SMRR’s Tenant Survival Guide is online! We’ve included updated information that applies during the COVID-19 emergency orders. Check it out at this link!
RENTAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE NOW: The State of California Housing Is Key program is now available to landlords and eligible tenants. Eligible low-income households can apply to receive help to pay unpaid rent that has accrued due to the Covid-19 health emergency. Immigration status is not relevant. Not first come first serve, but very low income and most at risk will get money sooner. To apply, visit: https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/index.html
Click here for information regarding the City of Santa Monica’s Right To Counsel program for tenants who need legal assistance.
Notice: The SMRR steering committee meeting scheduled for Saturday July 10th has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled steering committee meeting will be the second Saturday in August.
Watch SMRR’s Tenant Webinar recorded 4-23-21
Get answers to questions regarding rental assistance, non-payment protections, harassment and eviction protections, and fair housing. Watch here: SMRR Live Webinar: Avoiding Eviction Post-COVID: “Rental Assistance and Tenant Protections”.
Santa Monica Eviction Moratorium: For full details and updates about Santa Monica’s eviction moratorium visit this link ( https://www.santamonica.gov/Media/Default/COVID-19/32_Supplement_32_Local_Emergency_COVID-F.pdf ) and for more information on the eviction protections under local and California law please visit this link: https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-eviction-moratorium
Legal Help for Tenants
The Eviction Defense Network (in Los Angeles) is offering tenants free online consultation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Email [email protected] with questions and include relevant documents if you can. If you do not have access to the email their office hours are M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM at 1930 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90057.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles has closed their office reception areas to visitors, starting Monday, March 16 through the end of the month. However, applicants can access LAFLA services by calling 800-399-4529 between 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1-4:30 p.m. for intake only, Monday through Friday; or applying online for help. All current client activity will be conducted remotely when possible. Clinics will be held by telephone or video conference when possible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for clients with disabilities.
Information for Tenants
Fact sheet for Santa Monica renters prepared by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Fact Sheet from LAFLA
Notice to Landlord form: Link to the Notice To Landlord Form created by the City of Santa Monica to help tenants communicate with their landlords (updated 1-28-2021): Notice to Landlord form
City of Santa Monica webpage regarding California’s rental assistance program: https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-renthelp
Affordable Housing and Rent Subsidy Information
Affordable housing and rent subsidy program information is available for Santa Monica Residents and Santa Monica Workers. Application dates and details: Application and Registration Info
Free Summer Lunch Programs: The City of Santa Monica is operating its free summer lunch program for school-aged children at Virginia Avenue Park Monday – Friday 12-1PM through August 11, 2021. Walk-up only. For more info call 310-458-8688.
City Resources: City of Santa Monica list of resources: City’s List of Community Resources
Recycling information: Don’t know if something should be recycled, composted or placed in the trash bin? We can help. A representative of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery and Recycling department came to a recent SMRR meeting and answered questions about the current state of recycling in Santa Monica. Click here for more information.