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City Extends Emergency Health Orders, Tenant Protections
 

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November 2, 2021 -- Santa Monica on Friday extended its remaining local emergency health orders for another three months, as well as tenant protections against evictions except for failure to pay rent.

The City's 41st Emergency Supplement -- which adopts provisions of LA County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections -- bars no-fault termination of leases and evictions for owner move-ins, nuisance and unauthorized occupants or pets.

While the eviction moratorium for residential tenants who don't pay rent for COVID-related reasons has ended, qualifying tenants can still stem off eviction if they apply for relief under the State's rental assistance program.

Both renters and landlords can apply for financial assistance with rent and utilities at housing.ca.gov, City officials said.

Those who apply for rental assistance and are waiting to learn if they are eligible cannot be evicted through March 31, 2022 if they have met certain conditions.

Tenants who have lost income or seen expenses increase due to the pandemic can qualify if they have unpaid rent or utilities or need help with future rent and utilities, officials said.

To complete the application process, renters need proof of income, a copy of their rental agreement and a rent ledger showing how much is owed. Tenants who want help with utility bills need copies of bills.

The state calculates and determines an applicant’s eligibility based on whether the household income meets a specified percentage of the Area Median Income (AMI).

So far, nearly $18.5 million has been paid to Santa Monica landlords and tenants, with an average assistance of $16,207 per household City officials reported.

In addition to extending tenant protections, the latest supplement "keeps in place emergency orders that have not previously expired or been modified," City officials said.

The orders -- which were extended through January 31 -- include suspension of water shutoffs for nonpayment of water bills, time limits on loud construction activities and extensions of deadlines for planning and permit-related activities.

Also included are orders adopting the enforcement of County public health orders and reporting requirements on notices of endeavors to evict, officials said.


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