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Sample Letter to Residents About Rent – “Copy & Paste”

Posted on 24. Mar, 2020 by in all

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FOR LOS ANGELES LANDLORDS:

  1. Link to printable Letter to Residents About Rent for Los Angeles
  2. [REQUIRED] Notice of Temporary Relief for Qualified Renters in Los Angeles

ALL OTHER AREAS:

Link to printable Sample Letter to Residents About Rent

OR Copy the letter below and Paste on your own letterhead, you can make your own revisions:


Dear Tenants:

As you know, California Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order which allows local jurisdictions to enact eviction protection, as a result of a tenant’s medical expenses, loss of wages, layoffs or reduction of hours relating to COVID-19.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued an Emergency Public Order barring residential evictions from tenants who are able to produce documentation to show an inability to pay rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic due to:

Similar statutes have been enacted in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Oakland. Other jurisdictions and many cities are looking to enact the same.  You are receiving this because we have been included in this Emergency measure.

Required Documents

Tenants must notify their landlord that they cannot pay rent due to a COVID-19 related impact. Within one week of this letter, you must provide documentation or other objective information that you cannot pay some or all of the rent. Please know that although rent may be deferred, it is not waived and a deferral does not change the base rent for your unit

It might take a bit of effort to do this, but we will require:

  • A statement from your employer that the business has been closed or has severely limited its operations, and you have been laid off, are receiving partial pay or no pay. 
  • Also, if your jurisdiction allows, it will be necessary to justify any rent deferral, and it is requested that you provide the most recent three months of your bank statements (checking and/or savings account) showing that your accounts are insufficient to pay the rent. If you and roommates are on the lease, each is liable for the full rent. If one or more of the roommates is enduring financial need as described above, then submit the documents for each of those roommates, along with explaining the reduction in the usual rent that the roommate pays. 

Recap

We cannot use the security deposit to pay ongoing rent obligations. To recap, full rent is due each month. If you are unable to pay it, though, you must submit the requested documents and deferred rent must be paid no later than six months after the emergency declaration is terminated. 

You may do this through lump sum or installment payments as agreed upon at the time. Once you provide the requested documents, we will consider the request and provide you with an agreement for your signature that will permit deferred rent during this emergency period. Please stay well, and we’ll all get through this crisis by working together.

 

Sincerely,