COVID-19 Eviction Suspensions & Free Eviction Resources for California
July 1, 2021 update
How do I apply for emergency rental assistance?
You apply through your local emergency rental assistance (ERA) program. Each local program has some flexibility in how they set up policies and procedures to suit the needs of their local community. For example, in some areas, you can apply for rental assistance yourself. In other areas, landlords need to submit an application first. To find rental assistance in your area and learn how to apply, visit
CDC Eviction order
March 29, 2021 update
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended* the residential eviction ban put in place under its original September 4th, 2020 order**, until at least June 30, 2021.
* New order, signed March 28, 2021
** Original Order: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
December 28,2020 update
Congress and has passed, and the president has signed, a new Covid relief bill which extends this ban until Jan 31, 2021, and establishes a $25 billion rental assistance program to help families pay their rent.
[For more on the CDC eviction ban click here.]
California Eviction Resources
We've searched the Internet to collect the best eviction defense and housing assistance resources. Here's what we found.
Best Web Resources on California Coronavirus Eviction Information
Here's the best info on evictions that we've found on the Internet for surviving the COVID-19 economic challenges.
California Legal Aid Office: LawHelpCA
Browse the website for California’s legal aid office, for the latest on covid 19 eviction help.
California’s Legal Aid office offers help on evictions.
California Eviction Law:
Nolo provides a detailed state specific description of the eviction process in California. You can also search the web for eviction law in Tulare County, or California.
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers free links to local housing resources in California.
Just Shelter has organized links 600+ organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness around the nation. Here's there info for California
The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has made free their excellent book on "Surviving Debt" during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Other good Sources (via NCLC)
Analysis of CARES ACT Eviction Protections: The National Housing Law Center has issued an analysis of federal and state eviction suspensions.
Self-help and advocate eviction pleadings and forms: Go to lawhelpinteractive.org, click on the state on the map and search for self-represented or advocate materials. If there are forms available, you will be referred to the LSC-approved or court-approved websites where all forms are listed. Some states also have eviction expungement forms.
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has a listing of enacted and pending state and local actions related to evictions.
Regional Housing Legal Services has an updated list of tenant protections during the emergency.
The Eviction Lab also has detailed state-by-state listings regarding renter protections during the emergency.
A state-by-state list of eviction moratoria is now published by the National Housing Law Project, researched by students at Columbia and University of Pennsylvania. It includes 24 categories of information concerning eviction for each state. more...