Rental Assistance Available for Residents

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Source: City of Goleta

California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is still taking applicants for rent and utility assistance. Income eligible renters who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or landlords who have experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Learn more and apply at or call 833.430.2122.

Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, in partnership with United Way of Santa Barbara County, has given out more than $13 million in assistance to Santa Barbara County residents who have been unable to keep up with their monthly rent payments due to COVID-19. In October, the Board of Supervisors is considering allocating more than $29 million in federal funding for additional rental assistance. Stay tuned for more information.

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Byzantium Sep 17, 2021 09:39 PM
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Is this not in fact rental assistance for landlords? They are the ones who had property taken away from themselves by unilateral government edict; not the tenants. Let's keep balance in the narrative, please.

Lina24 Sep 19, 2021 10:07 PM
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Yes the poor landlords making outlandish profits off struggling tenants, having the tables turned on them. Did they end up homeless off this hiccup in their finances?? Or did they just have to do with one less trip to Europe? Cry me a freaking river. Get a job like everyone else and quit preying off the struggles of others for your excessive tastes. It's borderline ghoulish. You can thank the Government you likely voted against that you're being reimbursed for it.

Voice of Reason Sep 20, 2021 08:31 AM
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Lina, please share your experience on why you believe landlords make outlandish profits, don't work, and take multiple international trips per year? Have you worked for a property management company? If you had to guess, how much do you think it would cost to put a new roof on a small 4-plex here in town? To replace a cracked sewer lateral as required by the City of SB?

letmego Sep 20, 2021 09:34 AM
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@VOR Oooh, pick me, pick me!! Depending on the size of the house and work needed on the sewer lateral (how long, how deep): Roof, $10k (includes replacing termite damaged wood supports). Sewer lateral: $11k (includes the permit fees on a long-ish lateral with a very deep hole to dig at the joint.)

"Greedy landlords", I mean, I get it. I'm sure that Lina talks of large property management companies, or mom and pop owners who paid so little that their annual property taxes are $3k or less. However, as bad as rents are right now, it is STILL cheaper to rent than own. We have been in our home for >15 years and it is ONLY in the last 2 years that we could actually rent the house for enough to break even on mortgage and property tax. (If we didn't need a place to live, that is.) We were underwater for awhile.

It totally sucks, the cost of housing here. I really do feel terribly bad for the middle and lower classes. It's horrible, and it's sad, and there is really no easy answer. We could build more, could build forever, and it still will never really fix the problem. SB is seeing an enhanced version of what is going on nationwide.

Voice of Reason Sep 21, 2021 02:28 PM
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I think those are on the low end of the spectrum for a small SFR but let's run with just those two, a $21k expense. Amortized over 20 years (nearly the life of the roof) that's $87.50 per month. $87.50 per month over 20 years just for these two items and that's assuming it's leased the entire time. Then break down other maintence such as painting, termites, repairs, other plumbing issues, re-tenanting expeses, new carpet every few years, appliances, insurance and property taxes and of course, don't forget the actual purchase of the building and that high monthly rent paid is quickly eaten up leaving little for reserves or an actual profit.

Byzantium Sep 19, 2021 03:12 PM
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Who ever put the greed to automatically associate with the term landlord? Tenants demanding a below market, sweetheart deal at the landlord's expense are the greedy ones. If someone rents or buys a housing unit, it is de facto affordable. Ergo, no such thing as a greedy landlord. Let's just drop this automatic knee jerk slur every time the word landlord comes up. If State Street landlords in fact were greedy they would have already rented out their vacant properties to any quick buck unsavory operation you could name. And you never would be able to bring back this downtown retail area.

Lina24 Sep 19, 2021 09:56 PM
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BYZAN : Wait what? It's the Landlords getting a sweetheart deal from renters under the guise of "market rates". When do they go up? Does quality increase? No! When there's a shortage they profiteer off the fact that housing is a basic necessity. They prey on tenants. There is no better term for it than outright greed. Own it!!!

Byzantium Sep 20, 2021 08:46 AM
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Lina, you have a fundamental misunderstanding of the market. Willing buyer meets willing seller. You are describing something else entirely - which means any further discussion on this topic will go no where. Housing is a commodity - you buy and sell it. Or you apply for public and/or charitable benefits as qualified under law.

Babycakes Sep 21, 2021 02:02 PM
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A renter agrees to pay the landlord a certain amount, and is spelled out in the rental agreement. The time to bitch/moan/complain about the amount is before you sign on the dotted line. If supply is tight and demand is high, landlords can charge more. If the supply is plentiful, landlords who want the income from their rental can charge less. We wanted to book a fairly basic hotel in Carmel in was out of our price range ($279/night)....that SAME hotel this coming November is $139, so that's when we're going. The reason that people buy rental properties is.....drum make money. They are not buying these properties to give you a deal and not make money.

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