The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend its eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021. The moratorium was first put into effect in the spring of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The County’s moratorium includes protections that go beyond current state provisions, extending protection to commercial evictions; prohibiting no fault evictions, evictions for unauthorized occupants, pets, nuisances, or for tenants who reasonably deny entry to their landlords during the public health crisis. Commercial rent protections were also expanded in a related motion co-authored by Supervisors Mitchell and Solis.
In addition to extending the moratorium, today’s motion begins to phase-out the ban on evictions. As a first step, the motion creates a limited carve-out for owner move-ins of single family homes that were purchased on or before June 30, 2021.
The motion also instructs County Counsel, in collaboration with Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and the Courts, to report back in 30 days on the feasibility and impact of requiring property owners to apply for rental assistance before taking legal action against a tenant who has been financially impacted by COVID-19; and renters to document the financial impact of COVID-19 and show good faith in applying for rental assistance to pay back rent.
“By adopting deliberate, proactive strategies, we have minimized evictions during this once-in-a-century pandemic. Our responsibility now is to phase out this moratorium in a way that ensures we don’t sacrifice our hard-won success keeping families in their homes, while thoughtfully easing rules on property owners and returning to normal,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, author of the motion.
“The three month extension of the eviction moratorium and gradual transition of current tenant protections will ensure that vulnerable families and residents who experienced financial hardships can remain housed as we emerge from the pandemic,” shared Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District. “Issues like homelessness and economic inequality will persist long after the pandemic and it is our responsibility as a County to avoid a mass eviction of vulnerable residents and ensure an equitable recovery for all.”
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Read the full motion here.