California Takes Over LA City Rent Relief Program

After months of chaos, confusion and frustration, Los Angeles landlord/tenants who have wanted to apply for LA’s rent relief program can finally do so through housingiskey.com. As of September 1st, 2021, Los Angeles landlord/tenants who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for aid.

That’s because the troubled program has transferred control to the State of California. City officials reassure that doing so will provide more money to struggling landlords/tenants who have descended into rental debt during the pandemic.

City Council President Nury Martinez said during a news conference that “with the new funding from the state, 100% of qualified rental assistance requests will be met.”

The screenshot below, courtesy of the State of California, shows what tenants are eligible to apply for the rent relief program.

California rent relief program jurisdiction

That’s great news for all new applicants. But what about previous applicants? The struggling landlords/tenants who have already submitted their application and have gotten no information on the status of their request?

All landlords/tenants who have previously applied through the City of Los Angeles portal/website must reapply through the state-run portal/website.

If you’re a tenant or a landlord who applied through the separate LA website for rent relief, you must work together once again to apply through housingiskey.com to assure you receive aid from the now state controlled rent relief program. 

Although the LA housing department has assured that they have emailed existing applicants with instructions to reapply, LA City officials have confirmed that the applications will not be automatically transferred to the state-ran website. You can check the status of your current application (if you applied through the LA City controlled rent relief program) here or call 1-833-430-2122 for assistance.

We strongly encourage you to apply quickly (if you haven’t done so already) or to reapply if you submitted a rent relief request through the City of Los Angeles. California officials explained that landlords/tenants who reapply will be prioritized in the distributions of the funds.

California statewide eviction moratorium protections end on September 30th.