Los Angeles County has extended its moratorium on evictions until Sept. 30 after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors.
The county’s temporary moratorium, which first went into effect in March, imposed a ban on evictions for all residential and commercial tenants in Los Angeles County impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Studies released over the last several months indicate that hundreds of thousands of county residents could face eviction because of inability to pay rent caused by lost or reduced income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The motion, authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, also directs the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to report back in 14 days on tenant protections. The goal is to evaluate if the county’s moratorium should serve as the baseline for all cities.
“More than 90% of renters have continued to pay some or all of their rent during this terribly difficult time. That says a lot about the integrity of our local renters,” Kuehl said. “Unfortunately, the virus has forced us to slow our economic recovery and many people are still out of work or working reduced hours. No one should be threatened with eviction or made homeless by this pandemic, so we must extend these critical protections.”
For information, visit bos.lacounty.gov.
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