COVID 19 Update--Our programs are ACTIVE with modifications. As an essential service, we continue to help SLO County residents with housing needs. The health and safety of our clients is our top priority. We are staying aligned with County of SLO recommendations for social distancing and will continue to modify procedures as needed. Join us on ZOOM for our twice-monthly Coffee Chats at noon on the second and fourth Wednesday--bring your own coffee and let's talk about homesharing and other creative housing solutions. More info on the Events page. We are available by phone and email during our regular hours M-Th 9-6 for your questions. Stay well and let's stay connected.
We've modified our new client process to keep us all safer. We've moved our in person Coffee Chats online to ZOOM
Application Meeting Options
We can meet you in a park, outside your home, or conduct our Lifestyle Questionnaire by phone or Zoom. We'll check in before the meeting to make sure participants are symptom-free. Clients complete forms in advance to shorten meeting time
Our staff member will take a quick look at your room to rent and take photos while masked, hands sanitized, with no touching
Interviewing your Potential Housemates
You're in charge of making sure you're comfortable during the interview process. Talk by phone first, as usual, then meet outside your home, masked with social distance, for a more in depth conversation. We've added new questions to our suggested questions list so you can be sure you're on the same page as a potential housemate around COVID precautions. Before trial matches and move-in, you'll agree on how to stay safer in the home
Living Together Agreements
The signing meeting with you and your housemate plus our staffer can take place outside, with social distance, or by phone or Zoom. We'll make sure the new housemates have a thorough conversation about the COVID precautions they plan to take and get it in writing.
Guided by Local Experts
We're carefully watching local government, CDC and Public Health Dept guidance for the phases of opening for our communities and staying in parallel with their guidelines
COVID-19 Eviction Restrictions
While home providers with fewer than three rooms for rent in their homes are sometimes considered outside the legal definitions of landlord-tenant law, homeshare organizations generally suggest a cautious approach when planning to end a housemate relationship. Please note that according to the SLO Legal Assistance Foundation, evictions for lease violations and nuisances can still proceed--just not for missed rent due to COVID impacts during certain time periods--see below. You can still give notice to your housemate that you want to end the match, using the noticing period in your Living Together Agreement.
The "Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020" was signed into law in California on Aug. 31, 2020. The key provisions of the legislation include:
- Tenants financially impacted by COVID-19 cannot be evicted for missed rent between March and August 31 but must pay 25% of their rent between September 1 and January 31, 2021 to avoid being evicted in February.
- Renters are legally liable for all missed rent and landlords can pursue missed payments in small claims courts starting March 1, 2021.
- More info at the SLO Legal Assistance Foundation: https://slolaf.org/