Eviction Moratorium Ended Sept. 30; Apply Now for Rental Assistance

Date: September, 10 2021 Category: City Manager, REVIVE Santa Ana, Community Development, WORK Center, COVID-19, Notification

The State of California’s eviction moratorium ended on September 30, 2021. The City of Santa Ana has not extended a local eviction moratorium for residential or commercial tenants past that date.

Tenants are currently protected from eviction for debt accumulated between April 2020 and September 2021 if they have an application in process with a rental assistance program, such as the City’s CARES for Tenants Program.

Beginning October 1, 2021, your landlord must confirm that you have applied for rental assistance before they can try to evict you through the courts for failing to pay your rent.

  • Although your landlord may give you a notice to “pay or quit” (which is a notice from your landlord that gives you a certain amount of time to pay the outstanding rent you owe or vacate your home) at any time, they will not be able to legally evict you without you first applying to the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • If you receive a notice to “pay or quit,” it is strongly recommended that you immediately get legal assistance to determine and protect your rights. If your notice to “pay or quit” includes a “Declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress” — and you have been financially impacted by the pandemic — you should sign and return the declaration to your landlord within 15 business days to reinforce your protections.
  • It is very important that you apply for rental assistance within 15 business days of receiving a “pay or quit” notice.
  • It is also recommended that you notify your landlord once you have applied for rental assistance, as this step can help you in both eviction and rental debt collection lawsuits.

Find more information on the City's emergency rental assistance program.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE: APPLY NOW FOR EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE TO COVER 100% OF YOUR PAST-DUE RENT OWED SINCE APRIL 1, 2020, FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19. Applications are available at www.santa-ana.org/cares-for-tenants or can be requested directly from Latino Health Access at (657) 229-5450 or LHARent@latinohealthaccess.org.

If you do not have a computer with internet access or need assistance submitting an application, please contact the Santa Ana Work Center at (714) 565-2600 or by email at saworkcenter@santa-ana.org to schedule an appointment. Assistance is available by appointment only. Applications can also be mailed to you with return postage paid.

FOR TENANTS FACING EVICTION – Apply now for emergency rental assistance at the link above or go to
www.santa-ana.org/SAVES to learn more about the SAVES Program and submit a pre-application. Families at risk of eviction can also call 2-1-1 or go to https://santaana.211oc.org/ to start the application process today. Santa Ana residents impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent and facing eviction within 21 days can apply for up to 12 months' rent (which includes up to six months' past-due rent owed since April 1, 2020) and receive free legal and mediation services.

Rental assistance program flyer (English)

Rental assistance program flyer (Spanish)