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Rent Relief Resources

What Landlords Need to Know Before Filing an Eviction Suit

  • You cannot evict tenants for non-payment of rent before Mar. 31, 2021 if you receive a signed declaration stating that they meet the criteria for coverage under the CDC eviction moratorium.
  • You must apply for rental assistance on behalf of tenants! As of Jan. 1, 2021 landlords are required to apply to the state Rent Relief Program (RRP) on behalf of tenants facing eviction for non-payment of rent who have not applied to the program on their own. Learn more and apply: https://www.vhda.com/BusinessPartners/PropertyOwnersManagers/Pages/rentrelief.aspx.
    Note: Because Fairfax County accepted a direct allocation of ERA funds, landlords and tenants in Fairfax County will no longer be eligible for RRP funds as of Feb. 15, 2021, and will need to apply for assistance directly from the County. The County created an online landlord application portal, which can be accessed here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/eviction-prevention.
  • You must offer tenants a repayment plan. As of November 9, 2020 state law requires landlords who own more than four units (or more than 10% interest in more than four units) to offer tenants a repayment plan before filing an eviction suit. This bill also extends the period between issuing a pay-or-quit notice and filing an eviction suit from 5 to 14 days for all landlords (regardless of the number of units they own). The bill will remain in effect through July 1, 2021. Below are some common elements of a successful repayment plan identified by Northern Virginia landlords:
    • Landlord agrees not to evict for non-payment or charge late fees through the end of the public health emergency (the landlord may still evict for other gross infractions of the lease terms).
    • Landlord agrees not to increase rent through the end of the public health emergency.
    • Residents must inform the landlord of financial hardship that is COVID19-related. (Self-declaration accepted in lieu of third-party documentation.)
    • Encourage residents who can make partial rent payments to do so.  
    • Collaborate to access rental assistance. Tenants who are uncomfortable applying for state or local government assistance may be able to receive assistance from local faith communities or other non-profit providers. Working one-on-one with tenants to help them identify and access the services they need is the best way to keep families secure and housed, and to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on your rental income.


Landing Pages for COVID-19 Resources & Updates

If you are looking for information on food access in your jurisdiction, please visit the appropriate jurisdiction landing page above. 

Homeless Services

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has created a guide for state governments on working with FEMA to fund non-congregate shelters during COVID-19.

ARLINGTON COUNTY
  • All emergency shelters remain open. Additional sanitation protocols, health screenings, and staff training are being implemented.
CITY OF ALEXANDRIA
  • Access information on the City’s homeless shelters and services for individuals experiencing homeless here.
FAIRFAX COUNTY
  • The County’s emergency shelters remain open during the epidemic. The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness is working to implement CDC best practices in all emergency shelters, and to ensure access to COVID-19 testing and treatment for individuals experiencing homelessness.
LOUDOUN COUNTY
  • Access information on the City’s homeless shelters and services for individuals experiencing homeless here.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
  • The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has appropriated $324,534 from state and federal grants and $300,000 from Affordable Housing Proffer Funds for housing the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis. The Department of Social Services will use $189,000 of the funding to provide non-congregate shelter in motels for individuals experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed to COVID-19, are over age 65, or have an underlying health condition that places them at increased risk.
  • A list of additional resources for individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here.


Health & Wellness Resources

Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence face heightened risk during the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased stress and financial strain, compounded by stay-at-home orders. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to terminate your obligations under your lease, or take over tenancy if someone you live with was excluded by a court order. For more information contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or contact the
domestic violence hotline in your jurisdiction:
✓ City of Alexandria: 703-746-4911
✓ Arlington County: 703-237-0881
✓ Fairfax County: 703-360-7273
✓ Loudoun County: 703-777-6552
✓ Prince William County (ACTS Domestic Violence Services): 703-221-4951

Child Abuse & Neglect
In addition to the added risks described above, identifying cases of child abuse and neglect is more difficult due to school closures, as children no longer have contact with educators, who are mandatory reporters. To report cases of child abuse and neglect contact:
✓ City of Alexandria: 703-746-5800
✓ Arlington County: 703-228-1500
✓ Fairfax County: 703-324-7400
✓ Loudoun County: 703-771-5437
✓ Prince William County: 703-792-4200
✓ State of Virginia: 1-800-552-7096

Mental Health Resources
If the stress and financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic are causing you or your child to experience a mental health crisis, contact:
✓ Crisis Link Hotline: 703-527-4077 (or text CONNECT to 855-11)

Information on this page has been reproduced with permission from NVAHA.