In the interest of protecting public health and preventing transmission of COVID-19, the State of California enacted the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief Act (AB 3088). AB 3088’s Tenant Relief Act creates eviction protections for tenants experiencing COVID-19 financial hardship effective immediately. This new State law supersedes the City of Mountain View's residential eviction moratorium. Tenants are protected by, and tenants and landlords must follow, the State’s requirements and not the City’s, including the eviction moratorium extension just approved by Council on August 25, 2020. The moratorium covers all residential rental units in Mountain View including single-family homes, condos/townhomes, duplexes, apartments, mobile homes and mobile home spaces and other types of residential rental units, including all rent stabilized units.
The moratorium suspends evictions for non-payment of rent through January 31, 2020. Other types of evictions, like if tenants cause a nuisance or fail to give access to the property when properly noticed, are still allowed with proper noticing. Landlords are encouraged to contact the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514 or email email@example.com. .
No late fees may be assessed on past-due rent covered by the Tenant Relief Act. Tenants are protected from retaliatory evictions: This means that if a landlord alleges other grounds for eviction, but the grounds are a pretext to remove a tenant that has not paid rent due to a COVID-19 hardship, the landlord could be subject to penalties. Specifically, the tenant may stay in the unit and seek actual damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees from the landlord. Any landlord who uses self-help tactics (“constructive eviction”) (e.g., changing locks, shutting off utilities, disposing of tenants’ personal property, etc.) to remove a residential tenant who has not paid rent due to a COVID-19 hardship can be subject to fines of up to $2,500 plus damages. The Tenant Relief Act prohibits retaliation or harassment against impacted tenants for invoking their rights under the State law.
Landlords and tenants are strongly encouraged to use mediation to negotiate a repayment plan. The Mountain View Mediation Program provides free and confidential mediation to assist in this process. Learn more by clicking here.
A fact sheet about the moratorium for homeowners and small landlords is available here.
For more information regarding the temporary eviction moratorium call the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register here for landlord focused webinars about the eviction moratorium on the following dates:
September 29 at 3:00 p.m.
October 6 at 3:00 p.m.
The City of Mountain View partnered Los Altos Community Foundation to raise and distribute donations to Mountain View community members who have been economically burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are two opportunities to help others who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: rent relief and small business relief. Rent relief donations will be added to the funds the City has already given to the Community Services Agency (CSA) to expand help for local tenants in need. Small business relief donations will be combined with funds allocated by the City and a donation from Google. Visit #TogetherMV to support the community.
The Mountain View Rent Relief Program. The program provides up to $3,000 per month of rental assistance for up to two months for qualifying Mountain View tenants impacted by COVID-19. The Community Services Agency (CSA) administers the program.
To apply, contact CSA via email at RentHelp@CSACares.org or call (650) 968-0836 to leave a voicemail. Email inquiries are preferred. CSA staff will respond as quickly as possible but please be patient. Households who apply after the program reaches maximum capacity will be added to a waitlist and contacted if additional funding becomes available.
Visit the City of Mountain View’s COVID-19 Relief Resources Page to learn more.
Santa Clara County has also set-up a Rent Relief Fund. Eligible households can add their names to an interest list and will be contacted when more funding is available. For more information, visit sacredheartcs.org/covid19/.