Virtual Renter Resource Center
To assist residential and commercial renters who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus, the City has adopted tenant protections on evictions in South Gate.
What assistance is available for renters impacted by COVID-19?
On March 24, 2020 the City of South Gate adopted a resolution to prohibit evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resolution requires tenants to demonstrate that they are unable to pay their rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. The tenant, within 30 days after the date the rent is due, must notify the landlord in writing of their lost income and inability to pay the full rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19 and provide documentation for support of the claim.
In addition, the proposed Resolution will apply if the inability to pay rent is due to substantial medical costs related to COVID-19. Financial impacts related to COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, tenant lost household income as a result of any of the following:
1. Being sick with COVID- 19, or caring for a household or family member who is sick with COVID19
2. Lay-off loss of hours, or other income reduction resultingfrom business closure or other economic or employer impacts of COVID-19
3. Compliance with a recommendation from a government health authority to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency
4. Extraordinary out of pocket medical expenses
5. Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19
Who do the Renter Protections apply to?
The renter protections apply to all residential and commercial rentals in the City of South Gate, including apartments, duplexes, condominiums and single-family dwellings. The protection applies to all renters, regardless of immigration status.
Does this mean tenants do not have to pay their rent?
Tenants are still obligated to pay lawfully charged rent. However, during the emergency period, tenants may not be evicted for failure to pay rent due to the financial impacts related to COVID-19. Tenants will have up to 12 months following the expiration of the local emergency to repay any back rent due. Landlords and tenants may mutually work out a payment schedule or arrangements for repayment of rent.
What can I do if my landlord isn't obeying these orders?
Where can tenants obtain help or information regarding tenant protection rights?
Tenants may obtain information and assistance from the Fair Housing Foundation at (800) 446-3247 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there rental assistance available for renters who cannot pay their rent?
Yes, the City is funding a Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program with Helpline Youth Counseling to provide rental assistance for low-income families at risk of losing their housing. For more information, please call (213) 226-0969 or visit hycinc.org
Is there assistance for utility services?
Due to the City's Local Emergency Proclamation, the City is not shutting off water due to non-payment. Many utility providers are doing the same. For more information contact the utility provider:
City Water Division: (323) 563-9586
Southern California Edison: 1-800-655-4555
WIC Benefits for Families Affected by COVID-19
If your income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and you are pregnant or have a child under 5, WIC can help provide nutritious foods and more resources to keep your growing family healthy. WIC services are available online and by phone. You do not need to visit a WIC office in person to apply for or receive benefits. Apply online click here or call 1-844-601-0366
Free Food Resources Near You
Los Angeles County agencies and partners that provide free groceries and meals are expanding their services during COVID-19. Click here to see options and find food distribution sites near you. Some programs also provide free delivery.
Mental Health Resources
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of families, and individuals. News and updates about COVID-19 may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression—for help please click here or call LACDMH’s 24/7 Help Line at (800) 854-7771.
The Employment Development Department provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. For more information, click here.