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SB 91 Important Notice

Published on February 6, 2021 by Patti Widget under News & Updates

If a tenant owes one or more months of COVID rent (any rent due from 3/1/20 – 6/30/21), landlords must serve an informational notice from the State of California advising tenants of their right to rental assistance. If a tenant owes any COVID rent debt up to February 2021 and you have not already proceeded with an eviction, you are required to serve the notice on, or at the same time as serving the 15 day notice to pay rent or quit or any other notice related to rents owed (please note if you are serving a notice that includes rent owing up to 2/28/21, there is a new notice disclosing the extension of the transition period date up to 6/30/21 so please make sure you are serving the correct notice according to SB 91 which our office offers at a package rate).

If you have already started an eviction and a judgment has not been entered, you will be required to prove that you provided the notice prior to the court issuing the judgment.

Fast Eviction Service offers a package deal rate which includes one 15 day notice, the declaration necessary attached to the notice, and the new required notice from the State of California for the fee of $250.

If you are already in the eviction process and judgment has not been entered, the fee for the Notice from the State of California is $125.

What is Senate Bill 91 (SB 91) AKA State Rental Assistance Program?

Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 91 into law on January 29, 2021, which instantly took effect. This new legislation sets the rules for the use of funds allocated to California under the $25 billion federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the federal stimulus bill passed by Congress on December 27, 2020, for emergency rental assistance funding. SB 91 also expands the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA) the state originally passed by the Legislature and signed on August 31, 2020, by the Governor. It extends the legislation to June 30, 2021, and enacts additional provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic for tenants.

Important: Landlords must provide information about SB 91 to their tenants before February 28th, 2021.

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