A Conversation About Renter Relief

Posted on 03/25/2020
City Hall
Friends:

I wrote a letter to Governor Newsom today, urging collaboration at every level of government to seek ways to keep people housed, buildings from going into foreclosure, and businesses from shutting down permanently. These objectives must be viewed through the lens of existing jurisdictional parameters, and I am hopeful that we can achieve relief for Angelenos dealing with coronavirus-related hardships, whether through federal action or a state bill. I share the priorities of residents in the 13th District, and I wrote about this in my letter to Governor Newsom here.  

Many of you have also contacted me regarding a rent freeze. I am in full support of a rent holiday.  This program will need to be coupled with mortgage forgiveness for the owner of the rental property. We also have to figure out how landlords will pay for their property taxes without the rental income. It’s in all of our interests to keep renters and property owners on a solid financial footing. These are things I know we can figure out to avoid exacerbating our housing crisis even further, and I am confident we can work with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure this form of relief truly benefits everyone.

Also in the news today -- I am encouraged to see the federal government discussing a $2 trillion stimulus package that will assist renters and small business owners in Los Angeles. The first of the month is around the corner. Rents, mortgage payments, and bills are due just as tens of thousands of people in my district have had their income completely evaporate. This money will provide at least some relief including: a one-time payout of up to $1,200 for most American adults; more than $377 billion for small businesses; $150 billion for local, state and tribal governments; and $130 billion for hospitals. More details on this when they become available.

Be well,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

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