My main focus is keeping people housed long-term and preventing businesses from financial ruin in the near future and beyond the pandemic. Relief packages at the state and federal level must include low or no interest payback plans, renter assistance, debt relief, and help with mortgages to keep all people housed.
My office is working thoughtfully and strategically on city relief measures, and in close consideration of pending state and federal action. Although the eviction moratorium order does not mean a rent freeze or holiday as some are calling for, it does offer a level of security that didn’t previously exist. This will also give us time to work on financial relief efforts marshaling the resources at all levels of government.
Here is further information regarding the Mayor’s recently-issued temporary eviction moratorium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the protections now in place for those Angelenos unable to pay their rent due to coronavirus.
According to the City’s Housing + Community Investment Department, the circumstances covered for non-payment of rent may include:
- Loss of income due to workplace closure or reduced hours due to COVID-19
- Loss of income or child care expenditures due to school closures
- Health care expenditures stemming from COVID-19 infection of the tenant or a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19
- Reasonable expenditures stemming from government ordered emergency measures.
While this moratorium aims to alleviate the immediate economic impacts of the pandemic for tenants, according to the emergency order, renters are still obligated to pay the monthly rate as outlined in lease agreements. However, during the emergency period, landlords are barred from evicting commercial and residential tenants who are unable to pay rent. According to the order, tenants will have up to six months following the expiration of the local emergency to repay any back rent due.
For more information of the city’s Emergency Order Eviction Moratorium, please visit the Housing + Community Investment Development’s website here.