Tenants & Landlords
Residential Eviction Moratoriums
On June 28, 2021 the State of California passed Assembly Bill (AB) 832 which further extends a statewide moratorium on residential evictions until September 30, 2021 if tenants take the following steps:
- Tenants must sign and return a declaration of COVID-19 financial impact within 15 days every time they get an eviction notice and
- Tenants must pay at least 25% of total rent owed between September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
Milpitas Rent and Mortgage Relief Program
The City of Milpitas Rent and Mortgage Relief Program is now live! Eligible low-income households negatively impacted by COVID-19 can receive up to $5,000 in rent relief.
General Eligibility Criteria for Rent Relief
- Resident of Milpitas for at least six months
- Experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic after January 21, 2020.
- Located within the boundaries of Milpitas, California
- Is at or below 120% area median income (AMI)
Detailed eligibility requirements, application, and the latest information can be found on the City of Milpitas Rent and Mortgage Relief Program website. Information about mortgage relief will be announced soon. This program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The City of Milpitas has partnered with FORWARD to administer the City of Milpitas Rent and Mortgage Relief Program. For general questions, please email FORWARD or call 1-855-582-FWRD (3973).
Financial Assistance Programs
- California Mortgage Relief Program
- Sacred Heart COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program
- Utility Assistance Programs (Home Energy Assistance Program and PG&E CARE)
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) debuted a new look-up tool that allows renters and landlords to find information on rental assistance in their area
Rent Review Ordinance
The Rent Review Ordinance has created additional requirements to each tenant and landlord when a rent increase notice is delivered:
- Tenants receiving a rent increase above 5% are entitled to request rent review. The request for rent review must be requested within 15 days of receiving the rent increase notice.
- Landlords must provide specific noticing forms to tenants along with any notice to increase rents.
- Tenants and/or landlords are encouraged to contact the City's designated service provider (Project Sentinel) at 408-946-6582 or email Project Sentinel.
For more details on the ordinance, including a full breakdown of the rules and regulations, a copy of the noticing form, landlord noticing requirements, tenant obligations, and potential penalties for non-compliance, view the Rent Review page.