Learn How to Avoid Eviction

Governor Gavin Newsom will continue protecting renters from eviction as his eviction moratorium remains in effect through the end of September in California.

There is help available for renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of Gov. Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan, you may be able to avoid being evicted and/or get 100% of unpaid rent and utilities paid.

“As the state comes roaring back from the pandemic, we’re laser-focused on getting this assistance out the door as quickly as possible and providing supports across the board to help Californians get back on their feet,” said Governor Newsom.

SEIU members fought for these critical measures to help families affected by the pandemic. We know these protections are just the beginning, and we’ll continue fighting for the much-needed long-term housing security our members need to remain in their homes while California recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Go to HousingIsKey.com or call 1-833-430-2122 to apply for 18 months of rental assistance and/or 12 months of utility assistance. California has promised to pay 100% of unpaid rent accrued since April 1, 2020, for low-income renters who have COVID-19 related financial impacts. There is also money to help renters pay utility bills.
*If you have already moved out of your home and have unpaid rent, you are still eligible for assistance on that unpaid rent.


  • Have income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income
  • Have experienced COVID-19 related financial impacts
    (lost income, increased expenses, etc.)
  • Be at risk of homelessness or housing instability

No one who has COVID-19 financial related impacts that were not remedied by public assistance can be lawfully evicted for not paying rent from March 2020 to September 30, 2021, so long as these conditions are met:

Rent due between March 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020

  • A renter who completes a specific declaration that they have “COVID-19 related financial distress” can never be evicted because they did not pay that rent.

Rent due between September 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021

  • A renter who completes a declaration that they have “COVID-19 related financial distress,” AND pays 25% of the rent due for each month of that time period by September 30, 2021, can never be lawfully evicted because they did not pay the rest of that rent.
  • The 25% can be paid each month or in a lump sum by September 30, 2021. Even if a renter can not pay the 25%, they are protected from eviction until October 1, 2021 so long as they have completed the declaration.


  • All of your rent payments and receipts from your landlord
  • Any communication with your landlord
  • Any notices sent by the landlord and any declaration you send to the landlord that you have COVID-19 related financial impacts


If you think you have met these conditions and your landlord still threatens eviction or to be sure you are getting good advice about any local laws that will help renters in your area, visit Lawhelpca.org to find a list of organizations that give free legal services to low-income renters in your area.

For more information on how you can prevent eviction click HERE

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