Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program for Landlords Open Through Jan. 12

Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program for Landlords Open Through Jan. 12

An apartment for rent sign is posted in South Pasadena, Calif., on Oct. 19, 2022. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

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1/2/2024

Updated: 1/11/2024

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LOS ANGELES—Qualifying landlords in Los Angeles County have until Friday of next week to apply for a $68.6 million rent relief program designed to help offset economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and tenants who have fallen behind on their rent payments.
The county’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) launched its Rent Relief Program on Dec. 12. It will offer grants of up to $30,000 per unit to eligible landlords for expenses dating from April 1, 2022 to the present.
Potential applicants can review eligibility requirements and apply online. Applicants can access assistance daily by calling 877-849-0770 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Additionally, applicants can register for informational webinars or receive hands-on support at in-person events by visiting the website. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 12 by 11:59 p.m.
The program was originally expected to offer about $46 million, but the DCBA announced it had received an additional $22 million in grant funding for the effort.
The program is specifically designed to help small, mom-and-pop landlords who own up to four rental units, officials said. The goal is to reduce tenant evictions, maintain the viability of small-scale rental businesses, and ensure the availability of affordable housing.
DCBA has implemented a prioritized review process for applications. Priority will be given to those demonstrating the most “substantial” financial distress, those catering to the most vulnerable tenants, and properties located in areas of highest need, as identified by the L.A. County Equity Explorer Tool.
Early submissions are strongly encouraged, officials said.
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