What is the San Gabriel Valley Landlord Incentives Program?
The San Gabriel Valley Landlord Incentives Program (SGVLIP) is an exciting and innovative new program managed by Union Station Homeless Services in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments that connects rental property owners with awesome financial incentives for leasing units to tenants who are receiving rental assistance to leave homelessness.
Why Rent With SGVLIP?
Rental property owners who participate in SGVLIP receive a guaranteed rent check while still having the final say in who they rent to. Landlords also receive the support of SGVLIP staff who visit the rental unit once per month to support the tenant and ensure tenants are following the terms of the lease. Other financial incentives are also available to landlords, including:
- An upfront leasing bonus of $500
- A non-refundable holding deposit up to the cost of 1 month’s rent
- Up to $2,000 for damage in excess of the security deposit
- Up to $3,000 to cover unpaid rents, abandoned units, eviction fees
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the San Gabriel Valley Landlord Incentives Program (SGVLIP)?
The SGVLIP provides benefits and support to landlords who lease their units to tenants receiving rental assistance to leave homelessness. In addition to financial benefits, landlords receive a point of contact who can mediate any issues or provide the funds to fix them. This program is managed by Union Station Homeless Services in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.
Why partner with SGVLIP?
On top of the extra financial benefits you’ll receive directly from the program, you’ll join landlords around the County in receiving a guaranteed, recession-proof rent check and a tenant likely to stay long-term. You’ll avoid the hassle of marketing your units but keep your choice of who to rent to. You’ll be helping people who have experienced homelessness to rebuild their lives. All tenants will have a case manager providing supportive services and helping them succeed as a tenant. Additionally, there are funds available through March 30, 2022 to mitigate damage or an unexpected vacancy. Beyond that date you will be linked to services that will continue to provide case management support.
Who is eligible to participate?
Any landlord with a unit in the following San Gabriel Valley cities: Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, La Verne, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel, South El Monte, or West Covina. If you don’t have a unit in one of these cities but are interested, you may still be eligible. Please fill out the interest form for confirmation.
What are the steps needed to rent my unit and how long will this take?
Once a landlord determines they would like to participate, a staff member will promptly tour the unit. We will need to ensure that the unit is in a safe and habitable condition. In addition, an analysis of the requested rent is made to ensure that it is in alignment with the area market rent. After these determinations are made, we are ready to promote your unit the following Monday. All available units are then emailed each Monday to all of the area service providers. Your unit will continue to be emailed out each subsequent Monday to providers and promoted until such time that it is leased.
What kind of support do you offer the landlord?
Besides financial incentives and guaranteed rent, landlords receive the support of staff assigned to each tenant. These support staff will help mitigate issues that may arise with tenants and help explain lease terms to tenants. Case managers consist of an array of caring individuals with expertise regarding lease incentives and housing. They provide individualized support for each tenant depending on the tenant’s specific needs which may include assisting with signing the lease, making sure the tenant’s portion of monthly rent is timely, transportation, and more. Tenants are visited by their support staff a minimum of once a month. They understand the needs of both the tenants housed and our local landlords. The Landlord Incentives support line is available if additional assistance is needed.
How will I get paid?
Union Station Homeless Services will issue a check for the incentives requested within 3 days promptly upon receipt of a complete application and any supporting documentation required. You will receive a steady, reliable rent check each month, either from a non-profit who is paid by the County, or from the County itself. A small portion of the rent may also be paid directly by the tenant, based on what they can afford.
Whom do I contact if I have an issue?
What if I think I need to evict the tenant?
Creating successful tenancies begins with supporting landlords and tenants through some of the tough spots. Should an issue rise to a level that a landlord or tenant feels uneasy about or where possible legal steps are necessary, every effort is made to provide conflict resolution with the help of trained support staff. If an eviction appears unavoidable, the support staff can help the tenant to voluntarily relinquish the unit. Because they know they will continue to be supported, many tenants choose to do so rather than face legal proceedings.
What supportive services are offered to tenants?
All tenants will have a dedicated support staff member who will help them with everything they need to succeed as a tenant. They will check in as often as needed (but no less than once a month), helping them be a good tenant and neighbor, ensuring they continue to receive any benefits they are entitled to, and connecting them to outside services such as medical care or counseling. Our team’s top priority is to ensure the tenancy is mutually successful for both the tenant and the landlord.
When does the program end? What happens to my benefits when the program ends?
The projected end date for this program is July 2022. In the unlikely event funds become exhausted sooner, all participants will be advised accordingly ahead of time. Beginning in March 2022, participating landlords and tenants will be transitioned to a partner program with similar benefits. While the damage mitigation originally offered will terminate at that time, landlords and tenants will continue to receive case management services.
“If you’re a landlord, this is the way to go.”
Linda B., LA County Landlord
“What a good group of people that you have brought into my complex as tenants.”
Ms. Council, LA County Landlord
“Thank you for working side by side with us.”
Y. Casillas, LA County Landlord