Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Housing

Rental Assistance

At this time, due to funding limitations, the County has closed the rental assistance waitlist and is not accepting any new applications after Monday, June 15, 2020.

We are continuing to process requests in the order in which that they were received, but do not anticipate that all requests will be granted. Everyone on the waitlist will be notified in the coming weeks whether or not their request will be fulfilled.

Additionally, Marin County’s eviction moratorium remains in effect through September 30; renters have up to 90 days after the expiration of the resolution to pay back rent. For more information regarding the eviction moratorium, including documentation requirements, please visit www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord.

Lease and Eviction Protection

As the dynamic COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, measures are being taken to bring housing and commercial security to residents and businesses who have been economically impacted by the crisis.  After more than three months of its shelter-in-place public health order because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County added another month onto its moratorium on residential evictions.

The original moratorium was put in place by a March 24 Board resolution. The Board amended its resolution April 28 to align County policy with state policy, clarify definitions, and set the expiration date to May 31. The Board then passed a resolution on May 26 to prevent residents from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the pandemic through June 30.

On Tuesday June 23rd, the Board of Supervisors further amended the resolution to include the extension of the eviction moratorium in Marin County to July 31, 2020 for all residential tenants that are suffering financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and on July 28th the resolution was extended again through September 30, 2020. The Resolution includes a 90-day repayment period after this time for residential tenants. Commercial tenants have a 90-day repayment period that begins after May 31, 2020.

According to the Marin Community Development Agency, the goal of the moratorium extension is to provide temporary protection  to reduce the widespread economic ramifications of  the public health emergency. Under the moratorium, if a residential tenant has not made a timely rent payment that was payable between March 24 and August 30, the landlord cannot evict if the tenant provides notice within 30 days after the rent was due that the tenant is unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19.

You are protected by the County Resolution if you are suffering from a substantial loss of income due to:

  • Business closure
  • Loss of work or wages
  • Layoffs
  • Missed work or childcare expenditures due to school closure
  • Medical Expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the household ill with COVID-19
  • Other similarly caused reasons resulting in a loss of income due to COVID-19

The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. It does not relieve the residential or commercial tenant of the liability for the unpaid rent, and the landlord may seek payment after the expiration of the local emergency. Renters have up to 90 days after the expiration of the resolution to repay back rent.

Other protections were granted by the California Judicial Council on April 6, 2020. These emergency rules suspend action on eviction cases once they have been filed as part of an effort to create consistency in the state court system. Under these rules, courts may not issue a summons on a tenant, or enter a judgement against a tenant who doesn't respond to a summons. Additionally, the rules suspend judicial foreclosures, postpone hearing dates for pending eviction trials by at least 60 days, and will apply to all cases except where an eviction action is necessary to protect public health and safety.

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Property Taxes

Throughout Marin County, 120 local public agencies rely on property tax revenues to maintain essential public services, especially during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Friday, April 10, was the final day to pay the 2019-2020 second installment of property taxes without penalty. Please read this press release for more information. Learn more.

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