UPDATE APRIL 8TH, 2021
LA County has opened the new LA County Mortgage Relief Program, a partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County (NHS). The Mortgage Relief Program will provide grants of up to $20,000 for qualified property owners and expanded foreclosure prevention counseling services. The program is structured to benefit single-family homeowners and property owners with four or fewer units living in communities highly impacted by COVID-19. Properties must be owner occupied. Starting Monday, April 12, property owners can apply for the Mortgage Relief Program by calling (888) 895-2647 or visiting nhslacounty.org/mortgagereliefprogram. To find more ways how LA County can help property owners, visit DCBA’s foreclosure prevention website at dcba.lacounty.gov/foreclosure-prevention.
UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2021
In March 2020, the City of Artesia was one of the first cities in the region to put in place a residential and commercial eviction moratorium for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19. Since then, the State and the County have expanded their own protections, which now apply in Artesia. The State recently extended the residential eviction moratorium through June, and LA County’s commercial eviction moratorium protects businesses through June too. For more information on residential evictions, visit https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/ and for commercial properties, please visit the County’s website at https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/.
The State has also put in place a Rent Relief Program for those impacted by COVID-19. The California COVID-19 Rent Relief program is now available for applications to income-eligible renters, as well as property owners who have eligible renters. The Program provides financial assistance to income-qualified tenants experiencing housing instability and provides rent reimbursement to landlords for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Visit www.housingiskey.com or call the Rent Relief Call Center at (833) 430-2122 for more information.
City of Artesia
The Artesia City Council has approved several measures intended to ease the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents and business owners in Artesia. On Wednesday, March 25, the City Council approved moratoriums on residential and commercial evictions and foreclosures related to COVID-19 for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency and mandated that landlords give tenants six months to pay back rent. These measures have been extended twice by the City Council and are now in effect through September 30, 2020. Click here to read these documents.
On Monday, March 30, the City Council amended that ordinance to encourage landlords to allow payment plans for payment of back rent in cases where rent was not paid due to COVID-19. The City Council also approved an anti-price gouging ordinance limiting price increases on many items, including rent, to 10% above the pre-emergency price. Click here to read these documents.
The State of California has also released information about its steps to help property owners and tenants during this emergency. Many financial institutions have agreed to 90-day grace periods for mortgage payments, relief of late fees, and other measures to assist those affected by COVID-19. Please check with your financial institution and the State’s COVID-19 response website, covid19.ca.gov, for more information.
The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), in partnership with the County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Department, offers free, one-on-one counseling for small businesses, nonprofits, workers, and landlords/tenants through the County’s Disaster Help Center. Click here for FAQs on L.A. County’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium and Rent Freeze.
Click here for more information and FAQs on L.A. County's COVID-19 rent relief program.