California Guidelines – Fully vaccinated people will not be required to wear masks—with a few exceptions—and vaccine verification or a negative COVID-19 test will only be required by the state for a venue to operate under certain, crowded, circumstances. When attending “mega events” that draw more than 5,000 visitors indoors or over 10,000 visitors outdoors, fully vaccinated people must still wear masks. Those events include live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events or other similar settings.
However, businesses can still make their own decisions about how to check that customers are vaccinated or not.
California REALTORS® – Vaccinated people are not required to wear masks or physical distance. For showings there are no requirements for cleaning, no posted rules of entry, and no PEADs or any other type of sign in. No one has to agree to an office prevention plan. No one has to attest to their current health status.
Mask Rule: Follow CDPH Guidance that says unless everyone is fully vaccinated, people must still wear masks indoors. As a practical matter, this means that:
• Masks need not be worn during a showing if everyone is fully vaccinated
• But during an open house masks will be required because even if a single unvaccinated person enters an open house, then everyone must be masked.
Revised Forms: The newly revised PRE, BPPP, PEAD, and a new Property Sign-in (PSI) forms, along with the new Listing Addendum LOHA will all be available on zipForm® as soon as possible. In the interim, a PDF of each of these is available here.
CVAR presents a free C.A.R. Forms Update classwith Attorney-Broker-Prof. Ed Estes on June 21. Click the title for details or to register.
Members may still use the current forms that are on zipForm® if they choose until the new ones are released.
In response to new guidance from the CDPH, CRMLS is re-enabling in-person open houses in its MLS systems, effective now. (Sign into CRMLS to see details.)
Fully Vaccinated – The CDC says that masks are not required indoors or out if you’re fully vaccinated, in most cases. “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” according to theCDC website.
CDC Eviction Form –C.A.R. has created a new form to assist property managers in complying with a new federal rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Effective May 3, 2021, the CFPB rule requires attorneys and agents of landlords or owners of residential property (“debt collectors”) to provide written notice to tenants of their rights under the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium. Previously, no notice of the CDC eviction moratorium was required to be given to a tenant. Now, in certain circumstances, it is. More details here.
COBRA is free for six months under the COVID relief bill: Americans who lost a job in the last 18 months are able to stay on or join their former employer’s healthcare plan for free through Sept. 30. (Los Angeles Times)
FEMA Funeral Assistance – If you, your clients or neighbors have suffered a loss due to COVID, FEMA began accepting applications last weekto provide financial assistance for the funeral expenses. Also, reimbursements for funeral costs that occurred on or after Jan. 20, 2020 are available, up to $9,000 per funeral. Funeral Scam – FEMA warns that scammers are claiming to register victims for funeral services. FEMA will not contact anyone until they have called FEMA or have applied for assistance. Do not disclose information such as the name, birth date or social security number of any deceased family member to any unsolicited telephone calls or e-mails from anyone claiming to be a federal employee or from FEMA.Click herefor more information.
California Rent Relief Program – If you are struggling financially and seeking assistance for rent and/or utilities for your primary residence, or you’re a landlord check out the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, visit HousingIsKey.com!
C.A.R. also provides guides to rental assistance here.
See more *By County news below
Compliance: To ensure you and your office are in compliance with the latest state and local coronavirus guidelines,check this state site.
DRE License Deadline Extended – The deadline by which real estate license application and renewal fees need to be paid has been extended until June 30, 2021. Continuing education requirements for licensees are also extended through that date. The Executive Order also allows California residents 70 years of age or older to renew their drivers’ licenses by mail.
Los Angeles County – L.A. County is in the Yellow Tier, officially allowing for increases in capacity in many sectors. Sectors with increases in capacity limits: Amusement parks and fairs, gyms and fitness centers, yoga studios, private events, bars, hotels and short-term lodging rentals, private gatherings, breweries, indoor playgrounds, restaurants, cardrooms and racetracks, indoor and outdoor live events and performances, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, and museums, zoos, and aquariums. For more LA County virus news and protocols click here.
Vaccination appointments are no longer required, but are available; ages 12-15 eligible; see: VaccinateLACounty.com.
LA County Rent Relief – For LA County residents, find information on rent relief at HousingIsKey.com. A California COVID-19 Rent Relief call center is also available for eligibility questions, application assistance, and to provide information on local assistance: 1-833-430-2122 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
Los Angeles LeaseUp – LA County Supervisors passed a motion to create a Residential and Property Support Services Program (RPSS), to compliment PATH’s LeaseUp Program, which identifies available apartments and helps us expand available units for people experiencing homelessness. RPSS will provide property owners with a monthly allowance for property management, repairs, and maintenance, as well as onsite staff, allowing LAHSA and providers the opportunity to secure entire apartment buildings across the County at more affordable rates for individuals leaving the temporary housing of Project Roomkey.More details here.
For updated LA County virus news and protocols click here
Riverside County – Appointments are not required for COVID vaccinations in Riverside County. Ages 16 & 17 must be accompanied by an adult. For an appointment, (not required) click here or call 211 or 951-329-4703.
Riverside County public health officials remind residents that getting tested for coronavirus helps slow the spread of the disease. Vaccinations updates can be found underVaccination News. Other COVID News. For more Riverside County updates click here.
Rent Relief –Riverside and San Bernardino counties chose Option C, as did five local cities (Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita and Moreno Valley). Residents in Option C jurisdictions can apply for assistance through the state application portal, but must also apply to their local programs.
San Bernardino County – The San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership, an emergency rental assistance program that will leverage more than $46.8 million in federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 funds to provide rental and utility assistance to county residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has teamed up with Inland SoCal 211+ (ISC211) to administer the San Bernardino County RRP, which will provide up to 12 months of rental arrears and/or prospective rent payments, as well as utility arrears and prospective assistance. Click here for eligibility.
In San Bernardino County, landlords can get 100% of their tenants’ back rent, instead of 80%.
Walk-ins for vaccinations are available at San Bernardino County-operated vaccination sites. Be prepared to register on site, which will include answering health screening questions. Click here for San Bernardino County appointment. Open to everyone 16 and older.
Free Shuttle to COVID Appointments – Omnitrans is doing its part to help protect the health and safety of San Bernardino County residents by offering two FREE shuttle services to those with COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Ontario and San Bernardino.
For more San Bernardino County news click here.
California COVID: The state’s website www.COVID19.ca.gov will track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county.
Testing continues, for the protection of residents from illness and to get residents back to work. Click here for details.
• CA ShowingBest Practices Guidelines– Updated best practices guidelines are now available on car.org and in zipForm®. We urge you to read these guidelines carefully and to implement them at all times when showing properties. Always defer to the rules governing your local area, as cities and counties may have more stringent restrictions on real estate activity.
• Agents are required to post rules on properties – with pictograms(see image)– that must be agreed to as a condition of entry by all people viewing/entering the property.
• Revised Forms: The newly revised PRE, BPPP, PEAD, and a new Property Sign-in (PSI) forms, along with the new Listing Addendum LOHA will all be available on zipForm® as soon as possible. In the interim (as of May 14, 2021), a PDF of each of these is available here.