RAPID RESPONSE EVICTION ASSISTANCE PROJECT (RREAP)
UPDATED December 2020: The Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Program is currently out of rental assistance funds. Please feel free to take advantage of the information and resources on this page if you have questions regarding your rights as a tenant.
Have you received a 3 Day Notice or 30-day Notice for CARES ACT covered properties? Demand for rent from your Landlord? Have you been served with an eviction lawsuit? Do you need help understanding the eviction process?
To help individuals avoid homelessness due to the impending expiration of the State of Florida’s four-month moratorium on evictions, we are offering free legal services and rental assistance to eligible tenants in Palm Beach County. Through funding and support provided by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project (RREAP) will assist individuals who have received a three-day notice or demand for rent from their landlord or 30-day Notice for CARES ACT covered properties, who have been served with an eviction lawsuit, or who need help understanding the eviction process.
What is the COVID-19 Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Program (RREAP)?
For many property owners and tenants, the COVID19 Pandemic has impacted the tenants’ ability to keep up with their rental payments and left some landlords without necessary income to sustain their investments. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Program (RREAP) is designed to respond to the housing crisis created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The COVID-19 RREAP will help negotiate:
- Rental payments
- Payment plans
- Temporary rent reductions
- Deferred payments
- Other creative solutions to prevent evictions based on a case by case basis.
In addition, Landlords are encouraged to refer your qualified tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the lines of communication open
WAYS TO APPLY:
Apply online: www.legalaidpbc.org/evictionintake
Call toll free hotline – 1-800-403-9353 Ext. 328
Email us: Covid19Response@legalaidpbc.org
WHO QUALIFIES TO RECEIVE OUR SERVICES?
- Must occupy a property located in Palm Beach County.
- Facing a financial hardship as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic
- Must meet income limits [see below]
- Received a notice or a demand for rent (3-day Notice or 30-day Notice for CARES ACT covered properties (i.e. affordable housing, etc.))
- Both landlord and tenant must be US Citizens or legal residents (Per CARES ACT regulations)
- Must agree to put in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
Income Eligibility Chart:
Tenant’s income must be under 140% of Area Median income, as outlined in the following chart:
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If you would like more information regarding rental assistance under the CARES Act, please click HERE
For more information and answers to commonly asked questions, visit the National Housing Conference COVID-19 Housing Resource Center website.
CDC DECLARATION FOR TEMPORARY HALT ON EVICTIONS
Please note that this notice is for general legal information and is not a substitute for legal advice.
Please read the attached DECLARATION carefully. If you do not understand it or if you do not agree with every statement, do not sign it. If you are unsure about what it says, you should ask a trusted person for help.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order declares a national moratorium on certain residential evictions for nonpayment of rent, as well as other fees or charges. The moratorium became effective on September 4, 2020 and lasts through December 31, 2020. The moratorium applies only to tenants who meet certain requirements and provide a signed form declaration to their landlords.
To sign the declaration, a tenant must be able to meet certain financial criteria, be unable to pay full rent due to an income loss or “extraordinary” medical bills, have used best efforts to obtain governmental rent assistance, likely become homeless or forced to “live in close quarters” in another residence if evicted, and use best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances permit.
• Every adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete their own declaration.
• You must provide a copy of your signed declaration to your landlord or housing provider. Please make at least one (1) copy of the signed Declaration and keep it for your records.
• If you have an eviction hearing, bring a copy of the declaration and show the Judge.
• You still owe rent during this moratorium, and you must follow all the other terms of your lease and rules of the place where you live.
• You may still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent.
INFORMATION ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR RENT OR HOUSING
- Palm Beach County Community Services Department offers up to $10,000 in rental assistance for eligible tenants who have been financially impacted by COVID19.
Apply online for assistance at www.rentalassistancepbc.org
- Call Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Program (RREAP) at 561-655-8944 ext. 328 for help understanding your rights as a tenant.
The DECLARATION is sworn testimony, meaning that you can be prosecuted, go to jail, or pay a fine if you lie, mislead, or omit important information.
|Unsworn Declarations Under Penalty of Perjury—Federal Law
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1746, wherever, under any law of the United States or under any rule, regulation, order, or requirement made pursuant to law, any matter is required or permitted to be supported, evidenced, established, or proved by the sworn declaration, verification, certificate, statement, oath, or affidavit, in writing of the person making the same (other than a deposition, or an oath of office, or an oath required to be taken before a specified official other than a notary public), such matter may, with like force and effect, be supported, evidenced, established, or proved by the unsworn declaration, certificate, verification, or statement, in writing of such person which is subscribed by him, as true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially the following form:
1. If executed without the United States: “I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date).(Signature)”.
2. If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: “I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)”.
|Perjury by False Written Declaration—Florida State Law
Pursuant to Fl. Stat. §92.525 (3), a person who knowingly makes a false declaration under subsection (2) is guilty of the crime of perjury by false written declaration, a felony of the third degree, punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years (Fl. Stat. §775.082 (4)b(d)); or punishable by a fine of $5,000 (Fl. Stat. §775.083(1)(c)); or punishable as a habitual felony offender (Fl. Stat. §775.084).