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Next Meeting: Steering Committee, 5/14/2022

SMRR Tenant Hotline: 310-394-0848
Click here for information about our Tenant Hotline.

Please sign the petition for the “FUNDING FOR HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND SCHOOLS” ballot measure. To print and sign a petition, and for more information, click here to continue reading.

New County Protections for Nonpayment of Rent Evictions: On January 26, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors enacted eviction protections for nonpayment of rent, to take effect starting April 1, 2022. The protections apply to Santa Monica tenants. There are two phases.    

  • Phase 1, April 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022: Tenants are protected for nonpayment of rent incurred on or after April 1, 2022 if they self-certify as to COVID-19 financial hardship 
  • Phase 2, June 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022: Protections apply only to households with income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (80%). Tenants with incomes that qualify are protected for nonpayment of rent incurred on or after April 1, 2022 if they self-certify as to COVID-19 financial hardship. Continue reading by clicking here.

SMRR Tenant Survival Guide

Tenants facing eviction should seek advice and possible legal representation by contacting the Santa Monica Office of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) at (800) 399-4529, Bet Tzedek Legal Services at (323) 939-0506, Eviction Defense Network at (213) 385-8112, or a private attorney.


For evictions between October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, a landlord cannot start an eviction case for nonpayment of rent unless they can show that they applied for rental assistance and the application was denied. Tenants can seek a stay of eviction if they have a pending application for COVID rental assistance. When the rental assistance is received, the case will be dismissed. Tenants who apply for rental assistance by September 30, 2021 and are waiting to learn if they have been accepted, cannot be evicted.

For the period between October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, a landlord has the burden to prove that they’ve been denied rental assistance after good-faith efforts to obtain it.

Click here for information regarding the City of Santa Monica’s Right To Counsel program for tenants who need legal assistance.

Legal Help for Tenants

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Tenants can access LAFLA services by calling 800-399-4529 between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m. for intake only, Monday through Friday; or by 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.

The Eviction Defense Network (in Los Angeles): 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.

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

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. Please note, you can be cited for not putting all of your yard trimmings and organic matter in the green container. Click here for more information.