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Small Claims COVID-19 Information

How to Appear in Court

You may appear in person or through Zoom. If you would like to appear by Zoom you must complete and file a local form to put the court and other parties on notice of your Zoom appearance.

  • You may access the court's Emergency Local Rules and Forms here regarding Remote Appearances in Small Claims including the local form notifying the court that you will be appearing remotely that must be filed. If appearing remotely, make sure to read the Guidelines for Evidence Submission for Non-Criminal Trials and Evidentiary Hearings.
  • To access Zoom links and other helpful Zoom information please go to our page, Participating Remotely by Zoom.

 

General Information

Self Help Information Regarding Legal Services and COVID-19

The recent passage of AB 832 extends the dates set in SB 91 and AB 3088 the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act. This prohibits the use of Small Claims to collect COVID-19-related rental debt until November 1, 2021. From November 1, 2021 through September 30, 2025 an action for any amount, even above the usual amount of $10,000,  may be brought in Small Claims to collect COVID-19-related rental debt. The normal monetary limits will not apply to this type of case. For a plain language explanation of some of the impacts of the act see the information provided by Housing Is Key.

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief

 AB 832 extends and expands the State implemented rental assistance program to help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities. Applications made be submitted by both landlords and tenants. Information about how the program works and online applications can be found on the California COVID-19 Rent Relief page. 

For more information or assistance in filing out the applications contact:

If you have questions you can call or email the small claims advisor or small claims clerk.

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