LA County is again accepting applications for the landlord rent relief program

 

The second round of the Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program is again open. This program, designed to support landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, offers a beacon of hope in these challenging times.

The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs announced that the application period will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. and close at 4:59 p.m. on June 4. The process is straightforward-potential applicants should review the eligibility requirements, register to receive a link to the application, and access it directly when it becomes available on Monday morning.

Several community organizations will offer free webinars and technical assistance in multiple languages. Starting from the application opening date, these support services will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program, launched on December 12, 2023, provides financial support to landlords impacted by the pandemic. Led by the Board of Supervisors and administered by The Center by Lendistry, the program has provided over $68 million in financial support to qualified landlords. Eligible landlords can apply for up to $30,000 per rental unit, covering past due rent and eligible expenses from April 1, 2022.

The first round of the program was completed in January.

The program is designed to assist small landlords who own up to four rental units. Its goals are to reduce tenant evictions, maintain small-scale rental businesses, and ensure affordable housing availability.

The DCBA will use a prioritized review process, focusing on applications that serve vulnerable tenants and properties in high-need areas, as identified by the county Equity Explorer Tool. Applying does not guarantee funding.

Applicants from the first round are encouraged to complete any outstanding tasks and contact the Rent Relief Customer Call Center at 877-849-0770 for assistance, which will expedite processing and aid distribution.