Community Bulletin

COVID-19 Pandemic – Shelter In Place; Residents Experiencing Hardship

On March 11, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) declared a global pandemic due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We are operating under a “shelter in place” order. We hope that you and your family are safe and well. While subject to change, Real Community Properties, Inc will operate as follows until we receive further updates from our cities and state:

In order to keep exposure to a minimum, and to keep our employees and clients safe, our office will be closed to the public until further notice. We ask that Residents contact us by telephone at (707) 981-4727, by email mtarr@recoprop.com, or by our website at www.recoprop.com. We will not allow anyone into our office space. Residents are encouraged to pay their rent online through the Resident’s portal at www.recoprop.com. Rent may be paid online or dropped off at the rent drop box located outside the main doors to the lobby. Our employees are still working to take care of Residents needs and are working from home. We are reaching out to every vendor to note their availability and schedule.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. We are here to try to help.

The last thing anyone wants is to lose a safe place to call home. Unfortunately, there has been misinformation circulating online and in the media about what the current crisis means for those who rent their homes. Our hope is to eliminate any confusion.

If you have suffered a job loss or other substantial loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to pay rent, we encourage you to notify us as soon as possible to discuss potential alternative payment arrangements that may be made to accommodate your situation. Please be aware that if you do not contact us to let us know that you have been affected by COVID-19, we will not know that you may need assistance during these unprecedented times.

If you are not currently facing a COVID-19 related hardship, please continue to pay rent as usual. As employers, we want to ensure we are able to continue to support the personnel and staff who work every day to provide essential services to all residents. We are all in this together, and if we work together, we can weather this storm.

It is our hope that in the coming weeks and months our elected leaders will take steps to provide financial assistance to mitigate the hardships faced by residents. We value all our residents and will support efforts by our leaders to help support members of our community during this pandemic.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (707) 981-4727.

Price Gouging Affecting Russian River Area Rental Market

Tenants are advised to beware of unscrupulous Property Managers and Landlords in the Russian River area.

Reports indicate some Property Managers and Landlords in and around Guerneville are price-gouging Tenants, including Tenants who utilize the Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, after a series of wildfires swept through Sonoma County in 2017 and 2019.

California law generally prohibits Landlords and Property Managers from raising the price of rental housing by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared.

Landlords and Property Managers have been unable to increase rents more than 10% since 2017 due to these emergency declarations.

A series of Executive Orders have been passed by California Governors Brown and Newsom. They are:

  • Executive Order B-43-17, signed by Gov. Brown on October 18, 2017, triggered the anti-gouging law for Sonoma County and others until April 18, 2018.
  • Executive Order B-51-18, signed by Gov. Brown on April 13, 2018, extended the anti-gouging law for Sonoma County and others until December 4, 2018.
  • Executive Order B-59-18, signed by Gov. Brown on November 28, 2018, extended the anti-gouging law for Sonoma County and others until May 31, 2019.
  • Executive Order N-12-19, signed by Gov. Newsom on May 31, 2019, extended the anti-gouging law for Sonoma County and others until December 31, 2019.
  • Executive Order N-22-19, signed by Gov. Newsom on December 23, 2019, extended the anti-gouging law for Sonoma County and others until December 31, 2020.

If you or someone you know is a victim, please speak up and report the matter to law enforcement. If you are unsure how to make a report or need more information on how to report, you can contact Real Community Properties and we will be more than happy to take down your information and provide practical guidance.

PRICE-GOUGING STOPS WITH YOU!