Over the past few years the County of Marin, State of California, and other Cities and Town’s within Marin County have adopted legislation regarding rental housing. This page is designed to be a central hub to access information about this legislation and various tools for both renters and landlords. Subscribe to this page to receive updates and announcements.
Eviction Ban in Marin County
On Tuesday May 26th, 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved amendments to Resolution 2020-40, which bars evictions in Marin County due to the public health emergency arising from COVID-19, and is in effect countywide, in every city, town and unincorporated area of Marin. The amendments include the extension of the eviction moratorium in Marin County to June 30, 2020 for all residential tenants. The Resolution includes a 90-day repayment period after this time for residential tenants. Commercial tenants have a 90-day repayment period that begins after May 31, 2020.
Staff Report: English
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Effective March 24, 2020, and as later amended on April 28, 2020 and May 26, 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution Nos. 2020-27 and 2020-40, and 2020-45 which temporarily ban evictions for non-payment of rent for residential and commercial tenants that suffer financial loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Resolution is set to expire on May 31, 2020 for commercial tenants and June 30, 2020 for residential tenants.
The Resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. Additionally, this Resolution provides a 90-day repayment period after the Resolution expires for repayment of any back rent.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The County of Marin has partnered with the Marin Community Foundation to create a local relief fund. A portion of these funds will be designated to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program being administered by the Marin Health and Human Services Department (HHS). This program is for people who are at risk of homelessness and need rental assistance to prevent eviction to due a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic. For anyone seeking assistance, please call (415) 473-7191 and leave a message with your name and contact. Additional information is available at https://housingfirst.marinhhs.org
**Please note that because the volume of requests is so high, people will experience a significant delay in a call back.**
Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document below for more information. If you have any outstanding questions about the emergency ban on evictions, contact Housing and Federal Grants Division staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 415-473-7309.
Marin County Eviction Ban Resources
- NEW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (updated 05/28/2020): English, Español, Tiếng Việt
NEW Resolution 2020-45 (05/26/20): English, Español, Tiếng Việt
NEW Staff Report (05/26/20): English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Resolution 2020-40 (04/28/20): English, Español, Tiếng Việt
- Staff Report (04/28/20): English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Required Notice from Landlords: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Other Local Resources
- Legal Aid of Marin: website, phone: (415) 492-0230 (ext. 102)
- Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California: website, phone: (415) 457-5025
- Consumer Protection Unit (Mediation Services): website, phone: (415) 473-6495
- Marin County COVID-19 Website: www.coronavirus.marinhhs.org
- California Handbook of Tenants and Landlords Rights and Responsibilities: handbook
- California Judicial Courts 11 Temporary Emergency Rules (adopted 04/06/2020): rules
- California Courts: Tenant Evictions Self-Help Guide: website
- California Courts: Landlords Evictions Self-Help Guide: website
- California COVID-19 Website: www.covid19.ca.gov
- California COVID-19 Resources:
Marin County Landlord Registry
A tool for Landlords to register their properties
Properties in unincorporated Marin with three dwelling units or more must register their units with the Marin County Community Development Agency by June 1, 2019 and annually thereafter by January 1.
Jurisdiction Look-up Tool
The County's tool to determine which Marin jurisdiction your property is located
Properties with mailing addresses in cities and towns can be located in the Unincorporated Marin County. Different laws apply to cities, towns, and unincorporated Marin.
State of California Legislation
AB 1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019
On October 8, 2019 Governor Newsom signed AB 1482 providing rent cap and just cause eviction protections.
SB 329 Source of Income
On October 8, 2019 Governor Newsom signed SB 329 to prohibit the discrimination against renters and potential renters with third party rental subsidies such as Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers in California.
County of Marin Legislation
Just Cause for Eviction
The Just Cause for eviction policy in unincorporated areas of Marin applies to properties with three or more units and requires that tenants be given a reason for a lease termination and establishes prerequisites for issuing terminations.
Rental Housing Dispute Resolution (Mandatory Mediation)
Mandatory Mediation program offers an opportunity for landlords and tenants to discuss issues related to increases in monthly rent greater than 5% over a 12-month period. This service is available for rents raised in compliance with AB 1482.
Source of Income
The Source of Income policy prohibits landlords from discriminating against renters and potential renters with third party rental subsidies such as Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers.
Other Local Jurisdiction Legislation
City of San Rafael
The City of San Rafael has adopted three policies and programs to support landlords and tenants including Just Cause for Eviction, Mandatory Mediation, and Source of Income.
Town of Fairfax
The Town of Fairfax has adopted three policies and programs to support landlords and tenants including Just Cause for Eviction, Mandatory Mediation, and Source of Income.
Other County Resources
Consumer Protection Unit of the District Attorney's Office
The Consumer Protection Unit is focused on protecting the public, prosecuting violators and preventing future violations of law through the use of enforcement, mediation, referral and outreach.
Environmental Health Services (EHS) Rental Housing Program
The EHS Rental Housing program is tasked with ensuring safe and healthful shelter by ensuring compliance with requirements for sanitation, ventilation, maintenance, use and occupancy for apartment houses, hotels and motels.
Marin County Law Library
The Marin County Law Library serves the public by providing access to legal formation resources through a variety of media, research assistance and technologies.