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Renter Protections

Emergency Rental Assistance

The City of Santa Ana recognizes the financial hardships faced by many of its residents due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In response, the Santa Ana City Council established the Coronavirus Emergency Rental Relief Fund for Tenants (Santa Ana “CARES for Tenants”)* to provide emergency rental relief for qualified, low-income households who are not able to pay their rent due to the Coronavirus. Low-income Santa Ana renters impacted by the Coronavirus may apply online to receive full payment of all their rental arrears / past due rent owed to their landlord since April 1, 2020.

Rent Stabilization Ordinance

The City of Santa Ana has adopted a Rent Stabilization Ordinance effective November 19, 2021. The City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) is a local law that limits rent increases to the lower of 3% per year, or 80% of the percent change in the Consumer Price Index over the most recent 12-month period for certain residential rental units and mobilehome spaces in the City.

Just Cause Eviction Ordinance

The City of Santa Ana has adopted a Just Cause Eviction Ordinance effective November 19, 2021. The City’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance is a local law that provides “just cause” eviction protections for most tenants that occupy a residential real property or mobilehome for 30 days.

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