Renter and Landlord Resources

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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.

COVID-19 Emergency Ban on Evictions: Information and Resources

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On Tuesday July 28th, 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2020-84, amendment to Resolution 2020-60, 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. Resolution 2020-84 extends the eviction moratorium in Marin County to September 30, 2020 for all residential tenants that are suffering financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resolution includes a 90-day repayment period after this date for residential tenants.

Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt 
Resolution: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Frequently Asked Questions: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Eviction Ban Video (English/Español)

For more information, check out the video below that answers some frequently asked questions from the community about the eviction ban Resolution in Marin County. / Para obtener más información, vea el siguiente video que responde a algunas de las preguntas frecuentes de la comunidad acerca de la Resolución de Prohibición de Desalojo en el Condado de Marin.

  1. Why, When, Where and Who? / ¿Por Qué, Cuándo, Dónde, y Para Quién? (English, Español)
  2. What to Do if You Can't Pay Your Rent / Qué Hacer Si No Puede Pagar la Renta (English, Español)
  3. Paying the Rent you Owe / Pagando la Renta que Debe (English, Español)
  4. Help is Available / Apoyo Está Disponible (English, Español)
Eviction Ban in Marin County

Effective March 24, 2020, and as later amended, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution Nos. 2020-27 and 2020-40, 2020-45, 2020-60 and 2020-84 which temporarily ban evictions for nonpayment of rent for residential tenants that suffer financial loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Resolution is set to expire on September 30, 2020 for residential tenants, and expired on May 31, 2020 for commercial tenants.

In order for tenants to exercise the protections set by the Resolution, they must first provide written notice to their landlord within 30 days of the rental payment due date, explaining their financial impact. Then, within 7 days of supplying this written notice, they must submit documentation to verify this financial impact.

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image linking to pdf with information for tenants in Spanish and English on what steps are necessary to exercise protections set by the Marin emergency eviction moratorium. Step 1 includes sending a written notice to the landlord within 30 days of when rent is due. Step 2 involves sending documentation showing financial impact due to COVID-19 within 7 days of sending the written notice. See a list of example documents in the FAQ document at www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord.

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most frequently asked questions about the emergency eviction moratorium in English

Temporary Eviction Moratorium Frequently Asked Questions

most frequently asked questions about the emergency eviction moratorium in Spanish

Prohibición de Desalojo Temporal Preguntas Más Frecuentes

Landlord fact sheet about eviction laws in Marin and California

Landlord Eviction Fact Sheet

Marin County Emergency Eviction Moratorium - Timeline

March 24, 2020

Board of Supervisors approve Resolution 2020-27 which bars evictions for nonpayment of rent related to financial impacts due to the COVID-19 emergency in all of Marin County for both residential and commercial tenants through the end of May.

April 28, 2020

Board of Supervisors approve Resolution 2020-40, amendment to Resolution 2020-27 which includes a 90-day repayment provision for any rent due, provisions against harassment, and includes language for properly noticing tenants.

May 26, 2020

Board of Supervisors approve Resolution 2020-45, amendment to Resolution 2020-40 which extends the eviction moratorium to June 30,2020 for residential tenants. The 90-day repayment period for residential tenants begins after this time.

June 23, 2020

Board of Supervisors approve Resolution 2020-60, amendment to Resolution 2020-45 which extends the moratorium to July 31, 2020 for residential tenants. The 90-day repayment period for residential tenants begins after this time.

July 28, 2020

 Board of Supervisors approve Resolution 2020-84, amendment to Resolution 2020-60, which extends the moratorium to September 30, 2020 for residential tenants. The 90-day repayment period for residential tenants begins after this time.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

At this time, due to funding limitations, we are closing the rental assistance waitlist and not accepting any new applications after Monday, June 15, 2020. We are continuing to process requests in the order in which that they were received, but do not anticipate that all requests will be granted. Everyone on the waitlist will be notified in the coming weeks whether or not their request will be fulfilled. For additional resources, visit https://housingfirst.marinhhs.org.

Questions?

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 affordablehousing@marincounty.org or telephone at 415-473-7309.

Marin County Eviction Ban Resources

 Other Local Resources

 State Resources

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Marin County Landlord Registry

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

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AB 1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019
On October 8, 2019 Governor Newsom signed AB 1482 providing rent cap and just cause eviction protections.

 
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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

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.

 
Dispute Resolution

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

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.

 
City of Fairfax

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

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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.