COUNCILMEMBER MITCH O'FARRELL'S RENTAL AID PROGRAM

 

The application window for the Council District 13 Rental Aid Program has now closed. To look up the status of a Council District 13 Rental Aid application that begins with the prefix “CD” or “LL” please check the Los Angeles Housing Department's website.

Here’s what else you need to know about the program.

1. How much funding is allocated to this program?

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is providing a total of $3 million to provide rental assistance for CD13 constituents.

2. Who can apply to the Council District 13 Rental Aid Program?

Both residential tenants and “mom & pop” landlords can apply. Tenants must live within the boundaries of CD13, including the neighborhoods of:

  • Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Larchmont Village, Little Armenia, Melrose Hill, Rampart Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, Silver Lake, Spaulding Square, St. Andrews Square, Sunset Square, Thai Town, Verdugo Village, Virgil Village, Western-Wilton, Westlake, Wilshire Center, and Windsor Square. Please visit neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org to find out if you live in Council District 13. 
  • Landlords must be a “mom & mop” landlord of a rental property in CD13, with a tenant who qualifies for the program. A “mom and pop” landlord may own no more than four rental units plus a single-family home in the City of Los Angeles.

3. Are there eligibility requirements for the Council District 13 Rental Aid Program?

Yes. A tenant's household income for 2021 or 2022 must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and a tenant must owe their landlord unpaid rent on or after April 1, 2022. For example, a family of 2 with an annual household income of up to $76,250 would qualify.  A family of 4 less with a household income of up to $95,300 would also qualify.

4. How much will the rental assistance cover?

The program will pay $5,000 in rental aid for eligible households.

5. How do I file an application?

Applications can now be filed online or by telephone and online. Online applications can be completed by visiting this linkApplicants who do not have access to a computer can apply by calling the Rental Assistance hotline beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022 at (855) 490-3481.  The Hotline will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

6. When can I file an application?

New applications will be accepted online from 8:00 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2022, through Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.  If a tenant or landlord does not have access to a computer, applications can be submitted by calling the Rental Subsidy hotline at (855) 490-3481, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

7. Are the 2021 & 2022 80% AMI guidelines for total income before or after tax?

Household income is the total household income earned in a year.  The household’s income must be at or below the stated amount before taxes, depending on the number of people in the household.

8. Can renters living in single-family rental properties apply?

Yes, renters living in single-family rental properties may apply. 

9. I rent a condominium. Will I be eligible to apply?

Yes, condominiums are eligible for the program.

10. Can I apply if my name is not on the lease or rental contract?

Applicants need to provide some documentation that they live in the rental unit and pay rent. It does not need to be the lease or rental agreement. It could be some other document that connects them to that address, such as a notice from the landlord or a utility bill.

11. As a renter, do I need to be behind in rent to be eligible for the program?

Yes, a tenant does need to be behind in rent due on or after April 1, 2022.

12. What kind of information will I need to provide to confirm my eligibility to receive financial assistance under the CD 13 Rental Aid Program?

  • A tenant will need to provide:

    • Proof of identification, such as a government or military ID
    • Proof of identification, such as a government or military ID
    • Proof of past due rent owed to the landlord on or after April 1, 2022, such as a landlord notice, rent receipt, or rental ledger, etc.
    • Proof of household income, such as a tax return, 1099 form or employer contact information, etc.
    • A signed and completed CD 13 Rental Subsidy Tenant Participation Agreement.

For a full list of other forms of documents that can be submitted, please click here.

13. If I do not have proof of income such as tax returns or pay stubs, how can I prove my income level?

If a tenant does not have tax returns or pay stubs, they can provide an Employer Statement with contact information such as name, address, phone, date of employment & income earned. 

14. I have a government-issued photo ID, but it reflects my previous address, not my current one in Los Angeles. I have all the other proof that I am a renter in LA. Will this be an issue as I apply for the CD 13 Rental Subsidy Program?

Your government-issued photo ID with a different address will still be used to confirm your identity. You may provide a different document to prove your tenancy, such as a recent notice addressed in your name from your current landlord, or a utility bill in your name with your rental unit address.

15. Does this program apply to subtenants? 

A subtenant is eligible to apply for the program. However, as for all applicants, the landlord who will receive the payment must be the person in charge of the property. Financial assistance cannot be payable to a master tenant.

16. If I do not have the property owner’s information, can I enter the property manager’s contact information?

Yes, we need the information for your landlord, the property owner, or the management company to whom you pay your rent. This way, if you are selected for the program, we know the person in charge to contact and pay the financial assistance on your behalf.

17. If I am chosen to receive financial assistance, am I obligated to pay it back?

A tenant is not required to pay back the financial assistance; it is a grant. The financial assistance will be paid directly to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf.

18. I am in the process of moving to a new unit.  Do I still qualify for financial assistance?

If selected, the payment will be made to the landlord at the rental unit address listed in the application. The financial assistance cannot be transferred to a different rental unit address.

19. If I receive a federal rent subsidy such as a Section 8 housing choice voucher, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) or live in project-based Section 8 or public housing, will I be eligible for the rent subsidy from the CD 13 Rental Aid Program?

Yes, renters who receive Section 8 housing choice vouchers, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), or live in project-based Section 8 or public housing are eligible to participate in the program.

20. Who is the financial assistance paid to?

The financial assistance is paid directly to the landlord. The assistance will not be paid to the landlord unless the tenant has been qualified by providing documentation to prove their eligibility.  If the landlord elects not to participate in the program, financial assistance will be paid to the tenant.

21. Does my landlord have to do anything to receive financial assistance?

In order for a landlord to receive the assistance, the landlord will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of Identification
  • A completed W-9 form 
  • Proof of the tenant’s past due rent on or after April 1, 2022
  • A completed CD 13 Rental Aid Landlord Participation Agreement.

22. If a tenant is selected to receive financial assistance, can a tenant receive reimbursement for rent already paid to the landlord?

No, there is no reimbursement or back pay. The financial assistance is intended for rent-burdened tenants who were unable to pay their full rent due for the months on or after  April 1, 2022.

23. How do I know if my landlord was paid?

If you provided us with your email on your application, an email notification will be sent to your email with payment information to your landlord. Also, the status of your application  will be shown as “Closed Landlord Paid.” A “Check my status” link will go live when our program launches on October 24. 

24. Will undocumented or mixed-status tenant households who receive the rent subsidy (grant) be impacted by the Public Charge Rule?

Because the rental subsidy grant is a one-time payment, it will not have consequences under the public charge rules. The Public Charge Rule focuses on cash assistance for income maintenance and a one-time cash grant is not considered income maintenance. Participants should contact an immigration attorney with any specific questions.

25. My landlord is not applying my financial assistance correctly to my unpaid rent. What can I do now?

Please direct your landlord to this information page so they can better understand how to apply the financial assistance. Otherwise, you can file a complaint with the Los Angeles Housing Department by calling (866) 557-7368.

 

MOM and POP LANDLORD FAQ

1. Will I be able to apply for this program as a landlord?

Yes, “Mom & Pop” landlords can apply on behalf of their tenants.  A “Mom & Pop” landlord is defined as owning no more than four rental units plus a single-family home in the City of Los Angeles. Once a landlord applies, their tenant will be notified to complete the application to determine if they meet the ERAP eligibility requirements. A “Mom & Pop” landlord owns a property that has four or fewer rental units and one single-family home on a separate lot in the City of Los Angeles.

2. When can I file an application?

Applications will be accepted online from 8:00 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2022, through Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.  If a tenant or landlord does not have access to a computer, applications can be submitted by calling the CD 13 Rental Subsidy Hotline at (855) 490-3481, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

3. How do I file an application?

You can complete an online application at this link.  Applicants who do not have access to a computer, can call the CD 13 Rental Aid Hotline at (855) 490-3481.  The Hotline will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. How much is the financial aid per tenant?

The program will pay $5,000 per eligible tenant household.

5. Will I receive a 1099?

Yes, IRS rules require a 1099 to be issued for financial assistance payments.

6. What documents are required by the landlord to submit if they agree to participate in the Rental Aid program?

  • The landlord will be required to provide the following documents:

    • Proof of Identification
    • Proof of property ownership
    • A completed W-9 form 
    • Proof of the tenant’s past due rent on or after April 1, 2022.
    • A completed CD 13 Rental Subsidy Landlord Participation Agreement.