Senate Bill No. 91 (SB-91) Summary
Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 91 (SB 91) into law on January 29, 2021. This This new legislation sets the rules for the use of funds allocated to California under the $25 billion federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and the federal stimulus bill for emergency rental assistance funding passed by Congress on December 27, 2020. SB 91 also expands the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA) signed into law by the Governor on August 31, 2020. It extends the legislation to June 30, 2021, and enacts additional provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic for tenants.
Important: Landlords must provide information about SB 91 to their tenants before February 28th, 2021
- SB 91 extends Assembly Bill 3088 (AB 3088) protections from January 31st, 2021 through June 30th, 2021. This includes the requirement for eligible tenants to pay 25% of rent owed (from September 2020 to January 31, 2021) by January 31, 2021. An eligible tenant must have provided a declaration of COVID financial hardship to their landlord upon the receipt of a 15-day notice to pay or quit. SB 91 also extends the 25% requirement due date for eligible tenants from January 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021.
All AB 3088 notices are no longer valid as of February 1st, 2021.
COVID-19 Legal Notices:
Landlords are required to provide the notice below to any tenant who has been unable to pay their rent in full from March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, pursuant to SB-91.
COVID-19 15-Day Notices: (Non-Payment of Rent during the COVID-19 Emergency):
3-day notices are no longer allowed for non-payment of rent during the emergency. Owners are required to serve their tenants with a new 15-day notice for non-payment of rent.
COVID-19 Tenant Declaration:
Landlords are also required to provide the tenant with an unsigned copy of the Declaration of Financial Distress when serving each 15-day notice.