Losing your home?
You’re in the right place. Housing Help San Diego has everything you need to know your rights and protect yourself, your family, and your home.
Your Home, Your Rights.
San Diego County is one of the most richly diverse and prosperous counties in the nation. Yet many people are barely surviving month-to-month.
The COVID-19 pandemic is costing people their jobs and livelihoods and an estimated one-third of households are now unable to make rent and face losing their homes.
You have rights, and Housing Help San Diego is here to make sure you know them—and that you know you’re not alone.
What Can I Do To Stay Housed?
Housing Help San Diego is a one-stop resource supporting San Diegans struggling to pay rent, stay housed, and understand their housing rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
You have rights at the local, county, and state level. California Senate Bill 91 (SB-91) extends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088, 2020) to June 30, 2021, and creates a state government structure to pay up to 80 percent of past due rent to landlords.
Additionally, under the CDC order and California state law, landlords are prohibited from evicting any tenant for not paying rent without a valid reason. To be protected against eviction, you are required to submit a declaration form stating your inability to pay due to COVID-19 related loss of income of increased expenses.
Emergency tenant protections have been enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state of California, San Diego County, and in many cities within the county. Your protections will vary based on where you live.
No matter where you live, though, if you’ve lost income or have had an increase in expenses because of COVID-19 that prevents you from paying rent, you have the option of not paying. If you will be unable to pay your rent, you must submit a written declaration to your landlord. You may also want to accompany that notice with evidence of your inability to pay as providing evidence can make landlords less likely to harass you and makes any defense in court easier should your landlord try to evict you.
To get rental assistance and learn of more tenant protections in your area, click here.