We believe that everyone deserves a great community to call home. That value has guided our San Diego-based organization for over 100 years. Today, we’re just as dedicated to supporting rental housing providers and through them, renters throughout Southern California.

The power of community is what drives us. As housing providers, we have weathered one of the worst storms ever in our industry – the COVID-19 pandemic – while Doing Our Part to serve others.

Last year, we were deemed “essential” employees, so we showed up for work – risking exposure to the virus – while other professions stayed safe at home. That was OK with us, because we know good management is essential to keeping homes safe, healthy and secure. From routine repairs and maintenance to waste management, utilities, pest control and security services, there are many aspects to managing communities.

During the crisis, hundreds of San Diego rental property owners stepped up, taking proactive approaches to help tenants stay in their homes. We helped individuals and families fill out lengthy forms to apply for rental assistance. In many cases, housing providers actually applied on behalf of the resident to minimize the paperwork burden for the renters!

Housing providers agreed to abide by new, emergency rules on evictions and rents varying widely in different areas, and we attended dozens of training sessions to ensure we were following the complex rules.

Finally, many of our owners willingly agreed to accept less rent than they were owed in return for rent relief for their tenants. They compromised, because it was the right thing to do.

It’s called “Doing Our Part.” And it’s how we operate.

We live here, too. As rental housing providers, happy tenants mean the world to us. That’s why our members prioritized doing their jobs and serving others – even as our own world turned upside down.

Because everyone deserves a great place to live.

San Diego County Housing Providers During the Pandemic by the Numbers
Source: SCRHA Survey, March 2021

  • 77% had tenants with past due rent between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
  • 80% had tenants with past due rent between Sept. 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
  • 58% had tenants who never turned in a COVID-19 financial distress form required by state law to avoid eviction – yet over 86% of their housing providers took no action to evict them.
  • 85% would willingly accept rental assistance and would agree to waive 20% of the balance to receive it.
  • 34% applied for rental assistance on behalf of non-paying tenants.
  • 31% say they are facing a financial hardship because of tenant non-payment of rent.
  • 38% of housing providers facing a financial hardship say they are likely to have to sell their rental properties in the near future.