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The Board of Supervisors voted to extend Los Angeles County’s temporary eviction moratorium through Jan 31, 2022.

These protections, which went into effect Mar 2020 and set to expire on Sept 30, 2021, provided a set of affirmative defenses against evictions for residential and commercial tenants, as well as mobile home space renters.

The updated policy, now renamed the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, continues to provide a defense against eviction for residential and commercial tenants, while also expanding the owner move-in provisions.

Notably, the updated Resolution expands the owner move-in exception to allow property owners or their qualifying family members to move into up to two units as their principal residence(s) if the single-family home, condominium unit, mobile home space, duplex and/or triplex was purchased by the property owner on or before June 30, 2021, and if certain conditions are met. It also clarifies provisions not preempted by State law, such as residential nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 financial hardship.

“Unfortunately, the County no longer has the authority to extend non-payment of rent protection to local residential tenants. The motion extends non-payment of rent protections to commercial tenants, and extends limited protections to residential tenants as permitted by law. I hope that LA County residents who fell behind on their rent during the pandemic act quickly to apply for the state’s Housing is Key rent relief program in order to secure protection from eviction while the state processes the applications,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the primary author of the motion.

“Los Angeles County’s temporary tenant emergency protections have served as a safety net for both residential and commercial renters of the same communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we must continue to provide protections for those who are struggling to pay rent and on the verge of falling into homelessness,” shared Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District.

“I am proud to join my colleague, Supervisor Kuehl, in co-authoring Tuesday’s motion on extending protections for tenants to January 31, 2022. While our temporary emergency protections are for only certain matters where we are not preempted by the State of California, this motion will allow us to provide robust harassment protections to keep our families safe and to give them peace of mind. This pandemic has not affected everyone equally and to that end, I am focused on meeting the needs of our community to stabilize households and mitigate the detrimental effects of disruptive displacements across the County.”

“With the Board’s passage of the motion and the extension of COVID-19 Tenant Protections, we have a clear path forward,” said Rafael Carbajal, Director of the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at a press conference Wednesday. “While some of the State’s eviction protections are slated to expire this week, it’s important to note that there are still resources available to help and rent relief continues to be available to cover up to 100 percent of past-due rent and utilities. Each situation is unique but struggling renters and property owners should reach out to us immediately to determine what protections apply and what resources are available. Call us at 800-593-8222 for more information.”

“LA County renters were struggling to keep up with skyrocketing rents prior to the pandemic and COVID-19 has increased housing instability across the region,” said Jenny Delwood, Executive Vice President of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the lead coordinating organizations for Stay Housed L.A. “The Stay Housed L.A. program is here to help tenants understand and exercise their rights. Together, we can prevent homelessness and ensure renters stay housed.”

For more information about the LA County COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, visit dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions.

For any additional questions about landlord/tenant laws and programs in LA County, visit rent.lacounty.gov.

For more information about the Housing is Key rent relief program, visit housingiskey.com.

Media kit available at bit.ly/TenantsMediaKit.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You guys need to STOP extending the moratorium for tenants!!! How much longer is this going to go on, they had EIGHTEEN months to figure it out!!! Where’s the justice for the landlords, they need money for their family, and the county is more worried about the tenants than landlords. California is backwards!!!

    • Laura Rockwell says:

      Please so something to help the LANDLORDS. My disabled brother was using the tenants payments to live. He needs this. The tenant has 4 ablebodies that can work. My brother is 78. This is killing him. Tenant wants us to pay him to move and is working. Has not paid rent. Legal service wants to take our money to try and evict tenant while tenant us represented,

      Tenant legal services are free. We have to sell the house now. We cannot continue to support tenant. This is crazy. What is going on? So sad ?

      • Guest s says:

        Unfortunately your best option is to likely sell the house and recoup as much if the situation is turning into a financial sinkhole. Even with this 2022 extension, there is no reason to believe it would be definitively the last. For all the eviction moratorium protects, a bunch certainly are free riders taking advantage. Regardless of that, find your best situation to not fall further into financial ruins. Tenants don’t care, they will just leave for elsewhere.

  2. Laura Rockwell says:

    Please so something to help the LANDLORDS. My disabled brother was using the tenants payments to live. He needs this. The tenant has 4 ablebodies that can work. My brother is 78. This is killing him. Tenant wants us to pay him to move and is working. Has not paid rent. Legal service wants to take our money to try and evict tenant while tenant us represented, for free. We have to sell the house now. We cannot continue to support tenant. This is crazy. What is going on? So sad ?

  3. angela says:

    You should consider stopping the moratorium soon, there are many jobs out there, the resident of California has becoming lazy and they are taking advance of this state’s fund. This is not acceptable for common workers like us who perform our duties

  4. Guest 11 says:

    The eviction moratorium, while it may have been necessary for many, was implemented in such a rush that it didn’t effectively protect the homeowners who were renting to tenants. For instance, we purchased a home as an investment to remodel and re-sell in October 2019… Filed the 90 day notice of termination of tenancy at the beginning of November 2019… The tenants, who receive section 8 housing assistance and whose only source of income is state disability… those sources of income and assistance have NOT been effected by COVID-19. Yet because the courts shut down for COVID-19 we could not evict, the tenant stopped paying rent in January 2020 and has not paid a dime since. The house is now being foreclosed on and there isn’t a single thing we can do. Thanks California for completely screwing over those who work and pay their taxes…

  5. Estela T says:

    Please stop extending the mortarium. How much longer enabling people to depend on government instead of getting a job, not mentioning most of the tenants are working and the same ti.e milking the system and the landlords. Enough is enough. We all worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices to purchase our rental properties. It is unfair to landlords to pay for all the damaged caused by careless tenants, etc when you haven’t received rent within the last 18 months. Landlord have mortgages to pay. I personally don’t make any money on my single family home rental property. The rent hardly pays for the mortgage. I purchased it so I can leave something behind for my kids. I am a widow, a single mom of two and was unemployed for 8.5 months and was never treated by the government as these tenants are. Why?

  6. Maria Esther Beltran says:

    I’m not sure why our Government leaders have not realized that the funding
    has only served as a temp fix and actually have now created a major concern as tenants and landlords are subjected to the conflicts that still posse a threat to the safety and welfare of families. Laws need to change landlords sell Residential property and only allow commercial rentals investors who should be seeking loans to fix up rentals and get gov tax breaks for not receiving rent and apply for business grant because our Government has an obligation to change laws to avoid and overcome states economy and begin with opening the employment market again before lifting eviction ban

  7. Guest says:

    Government officials are elected by the people and should work for the people including Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors. My question is: Why there is no reply from any of the BOS regarding all these comments? The public demands a response from every Board Member because they deserve it.

  8. jtx says:

    Asking renters to feel sorry for landlords is, to put it mildly, a tall order. While it may be time to relax the eviction restrictions, the moratorium on rent increases remains very welcome and helpful, and is not going to put landlords out on the street in the meantime.

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