COVID-19 Tenant Defense

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UPDATE: On August 26, 2021, the federal CDC eviction moratorium was struck down by the US Supreme Court. On Monday, June 28, 2021, Governor Newsom signed AB 382, which extends existing statewide COVID-19 eviction protections through September 30, 2021 for California. You are still protected. In the meantime, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME.
People around the country are losing wages due to illness, caring for children at home due to school closures, or as a result of shelter-in-place orders. Federal, state, and local governments are falling behind in passing legislation that meets the needs of our community, and keeps member protected against the homelessness, economic, and health crisis that pervades our neighborhoods.
It’s important to note that eviction is a process. TENANTS DO NOT NEED TO IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THEIR HOME WHEN THEY RECEIVE AN EVICTION NOTICE. Landlords locking out, intimidating, or evicting tenants outside of the court process are against the law. Do not leave your home! Use our directory of local organizations to contact a tenant or legal aid organization in your area.
Tenants in the state of California do have some protections detailed below to avoid evictions due to rent debt and other COVID-19 impacts on their household. We know these protections are not enough.
Below is a complete set of resources for anyone who is suffering from financial hardship, unable to pay rent, facing eviction, or looking to organize in their building or community. If you have difficulty finding a local tenant organization or do not qualify for legal aid, you can always call the Tenants Together hotline at (888) 495-8020. Our volunteer counselors are experiencing a severe backlog, but will order cases by level of urgency. We serve all California tenants regardless of income or immigration status.

Know Your Rights as a Tenant! Stay in Your Home!

1. COVID-19 Protections and Rental Assistance (click below)

2. Tenant/Landlord Concerns (click below)


Additional resources

We now have a text helpline for shared resources for renters facing economic hardship and other COVID-related issues. Text HELPLINE to (650) 600-7821 for a list of basic resources, but please contact our normal hotline via phone if you are facing an issue that requires tenant counseling on your rights.




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