Your Rights as a Tenant in San Diego County

AB 832 Protections end June 30, 2022

What does that mean for tenants? Pending rental assistance applications will no longer protect against an eviction lawsuit for unpaid rent due to Covid-19 hardship. If you get a notice for unpaid rent, get legal help. To find legal services clinics, go to or call Legal Aid Society of San Diego at 1-877-534-2524.

You have rights and are protected by Federal, State, and local laws. To understand these laws, please attend one of our workshops here.

This page provides a brief summary of the current protections and a link you can click to review your rights in detail.

Note: laws and protections change rapidly and this page will be updated as often as possible. Please click the links below to find out the most current information.

Quick Resources

California Rent Cap

Commonly referred to as the “rent cap,” Cal. Civ. Code § 1947.12 restricts your landlord from increasing your rent more than 5% + the local rate of inflation or 10% (whichever is less) in a twelve month- period.

NEW: San Diego City Residents

Legal Aid Society of San Diego's Guide to the city of San Diego non-payment of rent eviction moratoriums related to COVID-19: What tenants and landlords need to know.
Tenant Rent Relief

Senate Bill 91 (SB-91)

SB 91 extends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088, 2020) until June 30, 2021, and creates a state government structure to pay up to 80 percent of past due rent to landlords.
Eviction Moratorium San Diego

Temporary Ban on Evictions

Tenants throughout the State of California (State), including City of San Diego (City) residents, cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent related to COVID-19 until at least June 30, 2021. This includes unpaid rent that was due between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
Covid 19 Eviction

Declaration of COVID-19 Distress

Tenants are required to fill out and deliver this declaration to their landlord within 15 days of receiving an eviction notice.
California Tenant's Guide

California Tenants’ Guide - English | Spanish

Click to download a guide to residential tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities.
Tenant Protections San Diego

New Tenant Protections & Guidelines Fact Sheet

Essential, easy-to-read info on the latest protections and guidelines for tenants.

Assembly Bill 832 (AB-832)

AB 832 is an extension of tenant protections for individuals experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 until September 30st, 2021.

Guide to AB 2179: What Tenants and Landlords Need to Know

This document is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to housing in California. This includes what you need to know as of May 31st, 2022. Due to consistently changing laws and legal procedures we suggest you do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney. Please call the Legal Aid Society at 1-877-534-2524.

Have more questions? Check our FAQ page here, then sign up for a workshop to learn more and ask questions.


The information expressed in the resources above should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of To ensure the document is useful for the vast majority of readers, we have endeavored to balance the competing objectives of providing accurate, current, and complete information of the law without overwhelming readers with nuanced detail and legalese. As a result, not every subject is addressed with the same level of detail.

The resources above are intended for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. To the extent that readers have questions or need further guidance, readers should consult an attorney (sign up for a workshop here), Legal Aid Society of San Diego (, landlord association (California Apartment Association or Southern California Rental Association), or tenant advocacy group (ACCE and Tenants Together websites) for advice in particular cases, and should also read the latest, most relevant statutes and court decisions when relying on cited material.