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The COVID-19 Pandemic has made it strikingly clear how vulnerable low income and working-class tenants are in a housing system that prioritizes profits. This website is dedicated to sharing information for San Jose tenants and organizing efforts for community defense and health.

We join state and national housing justice calls for: 

  1. An Immediate Moratorium on Rent Increases, ALL Evictions, Foreclosures and Sheriff Lockouts;

  2. Rent and Mortgage Cancellation; 

  3. A Moratorium on Encampments Sweeps, Closure and Vehicle Tows;

  4. Homes For All

 

AB 3088

La Ley De Alivio para Inquilinos 2020

Desde el 31 de agosto 2020 esta nueva legislación estatal sustituye otras protecciones de cualquier ciudad o condado en el estado de California.

 

• Esta legislación no resuelve obligaciones de contrato de alquiler ni obligaciones financieras. Regístrese para ver cómo puedes involucrarte en el esfuerzo para cancelar la renta.



 

AVISO DE PAGAR EL ALQUILER

O DESALOJAR

Si ha recibido un “aviso de pagar el alquiler o desalojar” debido a no pagar la renta, trata de mantener la calma y tomarlo paso por paso. Los desalojos son un proceso legal que toman tiempo. Bajo AB 3088, los avisos de pagar alquiler o desalojar deben ser 15 días, donde antes eran 3 días. Si un propietario manda un aviso de pagar o desalojar debe seguir estos pasos para obtener las protecciones mencionadas arriba:

 

• Primero, NO SE DESALOJE USTED MISMO. Es requerido que los propietarios incluyan una “Declaración de impactos financieros relacionados con el COVID-19”. Usted tiene que responder con la declaración incluida dentro de 15 días laborales. Esto confirma sus impactos financieros del COVID, como ingresos perdidos o costos aumentados.

 

• Mándelo inmediatamente y mantenga una copia del aviso y la declaración. Mantenga un registro de todos los pagos de la renta, recibos/avisos, y cualquier comunicación con su propietario.

GENERAL INFORMATION

• DO NOT SELF-EVICT

 

• AB 3088 COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 states No evictions for failure to pay rent until October 5th for all tenants.

 

• Tenants who have COVID-19 related economic impacts have protections from eviction for failure to pay rent from March 1, 2020, through January 31, 2021, as long as you complete the given declaration of Covid-19 related economic impact. Any unpaid rent from March 2020 - August 2020 will be turned into civil debt and tenants cannot be evicted for this debt

• Tenants will have until February 28, 2021 to pay 50% of the civil debt and until August 31, 2021 to pay 100%.

• For rent due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, a renter who completes a declaration that they have COVID-related economic impacts, AND pays 25% of the rent due for each month of that time period by January 31, 2021, can never be evicted because they did
not pay the rest of that rent. — Even if a renter cannot pay this 25%, they are protected from eviction until February 1, 2021 based on rent due from September 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 if they have completed the declaration that they have lost income because of COVID.

• Under AB3088 Landlords face increased penalties if they illegally lock out tenants, shut off utilities like hot water, or engage in other extreme harassing behavior.

FINALIZACION DE CONTRATO

DE ALQUILER

• Finalizar el contrato de arrendamiento no es un desalojo. Finalizar el contrato de alquiler viene en la forma de una notificación de 30 o 60 días.

 

• Si has recibido una finalización de contrato en San José y has sido residente por más de un año, tu notificación debe ser de al menos 60 días de anticipación antes de tener que dejar el hogar. La ordenanza de protección al inquilino (TPO por sus siglas en inglés) de San José aplica a la mayoría de las propiedades en San José que tienen más de 15 años, incluyendo las viviendas unifamiliares si son propiedad de una corporación y prohíbe notificaciones “sin causa” de cualquier tipo. En San José una finalización de contrato debe tener una “causa justa”. Los propietarios deben presentar todas las notificaciones al programa de estabilización de alquiler.

 

• La Ordenanza de Protección al Inquilino (TPO) de San José https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showdocument?id=54047 El sitio provee una lista de lo qué es una “causa justa” y la mayoría requiere un aviso por escrito primero. En algunas situaciones si el propietario quiere que se vaya tal vez tendrán que proveerle asistencia por los costos de mudarse.

 

• Aquellos no en San José, la Ley estatal de Protección del Inquilino – las protecciones aplican a la mayoría de los edificios que se construyeron hace más de 15 años, incluyendo las viviendas unifamiliares, si son propiedad de una corporación. Si has vivido en la unidad por más de un año (aunque estén actualmente en un contrato de mes a mes) la protección de causa justa de AB 1482 prohíbe las notificaciones sin causa. 

REPAYMENT PLANS / TIMELINE UNDER AB 3088

If you have been presented with a repayment contract from your landlord, you are not required to sign because the AB3088  has an allotted time to repay. If you previously signed a repayment plan, under AB 3088 that repayment plan is now void. 

• From September 1st - Jan, 31st 2021 tenants who have completed a COVID declaration must pay at least 25% of their rent to not be evicted. This can be paid per month or in one lump sum on February 1st. Tenants will still be responsible for the remaining 75% of unpaid rent as it will be turned into civil debt.

• Tenants now have until February 28, 2021, to repay at least 50% of the past-due rent, and until August 31 2021 to repay the past-due rent in full.

• Unpaid rent will be turned into civil debt and tenants cannot be evicted for this debt. 

The landlord can still seek to recover any of this unpaid rent in small claims court after March 1, 2021.

Tenants should keep careful records of all rent payments, receipts/notices, and any communication with their landlord.

CANCEL RENT

Nationally there have been different bills and initiatives regarding Rent Cancellation. This is what we mean when we say "Cancel Rent"

 • All tenants would not have to pay rent during the crisis & recovery period as well as no owed rent debt at the end

• All required paperwork would be the landlord's responsibility, tenants shouldn’t have to prove or show anything

• For folks who have partially paid, they would have the remainder forgiven

• All repayment plans would immediately  be canceled and void

RENT FREEZE

• Eliminates rent increases and locks in mortgages at current rates. THEY CANT RAISE THE RENT
 

• In San Jose: there is a rent freeze for apartments under rent control and mobile homes
 

RENT STRIKE

• A rent strike is a tactic used to get a demand met by withholding rent.
 

• In this crisis, many are already on "strike", because they have no other option but to not pay rent. In saying they are striking they are demanding their situation be addressed.
 

• Although there are current protections under the moratorium, the obligation to pay after it is lifted is not realistic for those without work, through no fault of their own. Declaring a rent strike after the moratorium alongside thousands of others will be a more powerful force to propel rent cancellation.
 

 

JOIN THE COMMUNITY DEFENSE
 

Sign up if you need support, are interested in organizing with neighbors, or to be on

call for emergency eviction response.


 

 

DEFENSA PARTICIPATIVA DE VIVIENDA

• Cada miércoles a las 5:30pm nos reunimos para una llamada por zoom de Defensa Participativa de Vivienda – siguiendo el modelo de nuestro trabajo de justicia criminal – si busca apoyo en cómo ejercer sus derechos, escribir una carta a su propietario, necesita apoyo con una situación de vivienda únase a la reunión al registrarse abajo.

SOUTH BAY MUTUAL AID

• We don't offer any monetary support, but community members in the south bay have created and are facilitating an ongoing effort to give support in a multitude of different ways. If you need support reach out and if you can also give a kind if support offer to help.