Council Approves No Fault Eviction Rental Assistance Program
On December 10, 2019, the Claremont City Council voted unanimously to approve a temporary rental assistance program for tenants facing eviction in response to the newly passed Tenant Protection Act of 2019.
On October 8, 2019, the Governor of California signed Assembly Bill 1482 (AB 1482), also known as the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, into law. The law was passed to prevent rent gouging and arbitrary evictions involving multifamily rental units older than fifteen years, with some exceptions.
In Claremont, as in other high housing cost cities in California, the City is experiencing a housing affordability crisis which contributes to displacement of residents. As a result, the City Council approved a temporary “Homelessness Prevention No-Fault Eviction Rental Relocation Assistance” program to provide rental relocation assistance to certain tenants who have been evicted in response to AB 1482. When faced with an eviction notice, many tenants do not have the income or savings to secure a new rental unit and pay a first and last month’s rent. These tenants may not be able to find and/or afford replacement housing, given the shortage of housing in general and affordable housing in particular within the region.
The program is intended to serve tenants that have been served with a no-fault just cause eviction notice in November or December of 2019, and who are homeless or would be homeless without this assistance. Other tenants will be protected by AB 1482 when it becomes effective on January 1, 2020, which will limit rent increases, limit no-fault evictions without “just cause” and require a landlord to pay relocation assistance or provide a rent waiver for “no-fault just cause evictions.”
The City has a webpage with the information on the program, guidelines for applying for the program and an application. The webpage is www.ci.claremont.ca.us/living/homeless-resources/no-fault-eviction-rental-assistance.