Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Housing

Rental Assistance

An Emergency Rental Assistance program is available for people who are at risk of homelessness due to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any Marin county resident who is at risk of homelessness due to income loss may apply. Priority will be given to households with income of 30% or less of the Area Median Income rate ($139,400 for a family of four).

Visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program website for more information on the program and how to apply for assistance. 

The program is operated by Marin Health and Human Services with support from the County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation.  Funding assistance is administered by Ritter Center, Adopt a Family Marin, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, North Marin Community Services, and Community Action Marin (in partnership with Canal Alliance, Women Helping All People and West Marin Community Services).

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 two 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 Marin County Board of Supervisors 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. Renters have up to 90 days after the expiration of the resolution to repay back rent. A landlord would be able to seek payment of unpaid rent after the expiration of the local emergency.

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.

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 June 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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