SMRR Tenant Hotline: 310-394-0848
Steering Committee 3-13-21
Santa Monica Eviction Moratorium: Santa Monica’s eviction moratorium has been extended through June 30, 2021, and the state of California also has enacted protections from eviction that are in effect through June 30, 2021 if certain conditions are met. For full details about Santa Monica’s eviction moratorium and the eviction protections under 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 4-3-2020): Notice to Landlord Form
Rental Assistance Information
Los Angeles County Rental Assistance: Santa Monica renters can apply for LA County rental assistance. Get the details by visiting: https://www.smrr.org/2020/08/la-county-rental-assistance/
Santa Monica Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The City of Santa Monica has launched an emergency rental assistance program to provide rent relief to low income Santa Monica residents who can demonstrate a loss of income or increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program launches Tuesday, July 7th. All Santa Monica residents are eligible to apply regardless of immigration status. The program will provide eligible applicants up to three months of rental assistance to pay rent for August 2020 or later, up to $5000 per household, for up to an estimated 300 households. Applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are available starting July 7th at this link: 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
Emergency Meals Programs: The City of Santa Monica is operating an emergency food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park. Details about the program can be found at this link: smgov.net/vapark
SMRR Live Webinar
Watch the SMRR Webinar “Changes in law affecting renters during the COVID-19 crisis” Recorded live on 4-7-20 (For a description of the Webinar, click here)
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.