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Scott Steepleton, Editor
8:33 am PDT March 18, 2021

Renters in Malibu who’ve gotten behind because of the pandemic are able to apply for assistance through the state.

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief helps income-eligible households with rent and utilities, for past due and future payments.

Funding for the program, which also can help owners, comes from the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance, according to city officials.

By agreeing to waive 20 percent of rent owed between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, landlords can get up to 80 percent of an eligible renter’s unpaid rent.

Renters whose landlords choose not to participate can receive 25 percent of what they owe for the same period. Paying this money to the landlord by June 30 can help keep renters in their homes under the state’s extended eviction protections.
Renters may also receive 25 percent of future rent — helping them once the eviction protections expire.
Utility assistance for unpaid and future bills is also available for eligible renters. For the year beginning April 1, 2020, all unpaid utilities could be compensated.

While not a first-come, first-served program, priority will be given to eligible applicants who meet the priority requirement having income at or below 50 percent of Area Median Income.
Once an application has been successfully processed, the landlord and renter will be notified about the status.

For more information and to apply, go to the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief website.

Additional assistance and help with applications is available by calling (833) 430-2122 and at housingiskey.com.