Renters impacted by COVID-19 can stay in their homes

City Hall
Friends,

Many residents across Los Angeles are facing another month of rent due under the COVID-19 emergency precautions to stay and work from home. Renters assistance is a topic on everyone’s mind as rent is due tomorrow. 

I want to reassure residential and commercial tenants that if you are unable to pay your rent because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are protected. I encourage you to have a conversation with your property owner so you can work out a possible payment arrangement.

The City Council has passed a number of laws to ensure Angelenos can stay in their homes, during and after the pandemic. Here are some of the recent measures:
  • Renters who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can stay in their homes: Following the recent emergency declarations, the City Council and the Mayor took action to provide renters with COVID-19 related eviction protections.  
    • Barred landlords from evicting residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to --and during-- the emergency period
    • Barred no-fault evictions during the local emergency period
    • Through the Mayor’s emergency order, the Council acted to halt Ellis Act evictions for 60 days after the emergency order is lifted
    • Waived late fees and allowed residential tenants to pay back their rent for up to 12 months, or 3 months for commercial tenants (subject to change), after the emergency order is lifted.

Here is a link to some frequently asked questions that my office receives on renter and mortgage holder protections here.

The City's Housing + Community Investment Department is here to help renters in Los Angeles who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the department's website by clicking here.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL

 

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