The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 today to prolong the moratorium on tenant evictions until June 30th. The ordinance, which has been in effect since March 4th, was set to expire on May 31st. Landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to pay their rent.
Tenants are protected from a number of financial losses stemming from the crisis, including layoffs and reduced hours, compliance with health and safety recommendations, medical expenses, child care needs and more.
Impacted tenants have seven days from the time their rent is due to notify the landlord of their inability to pay. Once the moratorium ends, they will have 12 months to repay the landlord for any missed payments.
Tenants cannot be evicted for nuisance issues or housing additional occupants or pets. No Fault evictions, like when a property owner wants to take back the unit for personal or family use, are temporarily banned, as are Ellis Act evictions, which allow landlords to demolish their properties or go out of the rental business.
The City of Los Angeles has adopted additional measures to help cash-strapped renters. On April 22nd, City Council passed a rent freeze for a duration of 360 days on rent-stabilized apartment buildings constructed before 1979.
It was also announced today that the Los Angeles County stay-at-home order will likely remain in effect until July 15th, with some restrictions extended to August.