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Rental Housing Information

Tenant Relief Act of 2020

Effective August 31, 2020, AB 3088 enacted three important new laws:  The Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020; the COVID-19 Small Landlord and Homeowner Relief Act of 2020; and, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020.  AB 3088 is available HERE.

We have prepared a brief, preliminary summary of the Tenant Relief Act of 2020 HERE.

This new law requires landlords to provide a special notice by September 30, 2020, to all tenants who have not paid one or more rental payments between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.  The form of notice is HERE.

This new law requires tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 to provide their landlord with a declaration, under penalty of perjury, of COVID-19 related financial distress.  The form of declaration is HERE.

These new laws are very complex.  This office cannot provide legal advice to the public.

Mandatory Lease Ordinance Information

On May 7, 2019, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted Ordinance No. 5885 to require landlords to offer residential tenants one-year leases in many circumstances.  The Ordinance will become effective on June 7, 2019.  The Ordinance requires landlords to make the lease offer for current month-to-month tenants on or before September 5, 2019.  This office will not begin enforcement until September 9, 2019.

The Ordinance requires the city attorney to prepare a lease rejection form and post it on the City's website.  You will find the form as a Microsoft Word document HERE or as a Adobe Acrobat pdf HERE.  You may lawfully create your own form, or include lease rejection language in another rental document.


Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021
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