Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
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The Contractors State License Board has received special, one-time funding from the California Legislature for a Solar Energy System Restitution Program. This program is intended to provide up to $40,000 in restitution to homeowners who suffered an unpaid financial loss after contracting for the installation of a solar energy system.
Are you a low-income homeowner in financial distress due to a PACE loan? In partnership with legal organizations across Southern California, we can help figure out your situation and explain your legal options.
You have a PACE loan if you are being financed by one of the following companies:
- CalFirst/Renew Financial
- E3/Energy Efficient Equity/FortiFi Financial
- PACE Funding
If you live in one of the counties listed below please contact one of our partner agencies for an intake or clinic appointment (Spanish & English flyer available HERE):
|Los Angeles||Public Counsel|
610 S. Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
|213-385-2977 ext. 306|
|Los Angeles||Bet Tzedek Legal Services|
3250 Wilshire Blvd #1300
Los Angeles, CA 90010
|Orange||Public Law Center|
601 W. Civic Center Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
|714-541-1010 ext. 366|
|Riverside/San Bernardino||Inland Counties Legal Services|
1040 Iowa Avenue Suite 109
Riverside, CA 92507
|Intake line: |
|San Diego/Imperial||Elder Law & Advocacy|
5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92123
If you don’t have legal representation but want to take action right away, here are some things you can do without a lawyer:
- File a Claim for Cancellation of PACE Taxes with LA County’s Assessment Appeals Board
- LA County’s Assessment Appeal Application (Form AAB-100) is available HERE.
- The PACE Complaint form (to submit with Form AAB-100) and an English language guide to assist you in completing and submitting the appeal is available HERE.
- The PACE Complaint form (to submit with Form AAB-100) and a Spanish language guide to assist you in completing and submitting the appeal is available HERE.
- Please note that the window to file a cancellation claim with the County Assessment Appeals Board is from July 2–November 30 every year.
- File a complaint with the Contractor’s State License Board. Be as specific as possible in your complaint, and send supporting documents.
- Write to your County Supervisor, and your state and federal representatives. Try to be thorough but concise.
- Write to or file a complaint with the California Attorney General and/or the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.
- File a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB is not currently handling PACE issues, but they are interested in it. By filing a complaint, you will send a message that they need to accept complaints about PACE.
- If you can afford to pay a lawyer, a good way to find one who knows about home improvement contracts and PACE financing is through the Los Angeles County Bar Association at (213) 243-1525 or online HERE.