LA City Council extends eviction moratorium

Eviction protection will remain in effect until August 2023

By Dolores Quintana

The Los Angeles City Council has extended its eviction moratorium, despite pleas from landlords not to do so.

Mayor Garcetti issued a temporary moratorium on evictions on March 23, 2020, and the Los Angeles City Council passed Ordinance 186585, which added Section 14(6) to the Los Angeles City Code to prevent certain residential and commercial evictions as a result of the temporarily ban the COVID-19 pandemic. effective March 31, 2020. On May 12, 2020, additional tenant protections were put in place with the passage of Ordinance No. 186606.

This week the LA city council voted on whether or not to extend the moratorium, and many speakers on both sides passionately expressed their views during the commentary portion of the public hearing.

The vote was 11 members of the Council in favor and one against. The only one who didn’t vote was City Councilman John Lee.

“Unfortunately, if there is no end date in sight, these little owners will be left in the dark,” Lee . said City news service. “These people have to plan and make those decisions. Will they take out another loan to keep their property alive when they see the light at the end of the tunnel? We want to set that date so they can move forward with their decision.”

Eviction protections for non-payment of rent due to the economic impact of COVID-19 will now remain in effect until August 2023, or 12 months after the city’s local emergency declaration ends.

“If we get rid of that protection, things will get worse,” Sergio Vargas, chief organizer of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, told City News Service. “We are still recovering from the economic collapse of COVID-19. It doesn’t make sense for them to get rid of security at this point when tenants are still recovering. Tenants are still afraid of getting COVID.”

During the meeting, many mom and pop landlords spoke out against the moratorium

“Policymakers focus on tenant votes and corporate interests, and they ignore social security contributions and landlord rights,” said Audre Lopez-King, a small-town rental owner who says her income is now a quarter of what it is. . was before the pandemic. “We are forced to bear the cost of the renter’s rent and the city’s homelessness crisis.”

Angelina Jimenez, a two-tenant homeowner and landlord, reiterated these concerns in Spanish at the meeting,

“Over the past two years I have supported them [her tenants] and in the past two years it has been difficult for me as well. Money has been tight,” Jimenez said.

City councilor Marqueece Harris Dawson spoke about some of these concerns during the council meeting.

“I think we need to protect our tenants and little mom and pop landlords and I appreciate Mr. Lee’s comments about little mom and pop landlords, but what I would say is I think we’re talking about little mom and pop landlords.” mom and dad landlords and then we propose policies that protect the big corporate landlords. I think we shouldn’t think of this as one category. Just as we think of tenants at different income levels, we can think of landlords at income levels. I would would suggest that we complicate this matter a little bit and think critically about what we can do and how we can take the lead on this,” Dawson said.

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