The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion on March 15 by Supervisors Kathryn Barger, 5th District, and Janice Hahn, 4th District, to cancel property tax penalties, interests, costs and fees for property owners that have been negatively affected by the eviction moratorium passed by the board as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts. The support for property owners came in response to the board recently approving an extension of tenant protections through 2023.
“Some are elderly individuals who depend on their rental income to make ends meet. We can’t in good conscience balance COVID-19 relief on the backs of property owners. The county needed to put some skin in the game, and this motion was about delivering on the promise to share in the financial burden.”
“The eviction moratorium has prevented people from losing their housing, but our landlords have borne the brunt of this burden,” Hahn added. “While it is not within our authority to waive people’s property taxes, we can waive their late fees.”
As a next step, the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs will reach out to all property owners in the county to provide information on how to request the cancellation of penalties, interests, costs and fees for late payments. DCBA is also administering the County of Los Angeles Mortgage Relief Program, another resource that provides financial assistance to eligible property owners.
For information, visit dcba.lacounty.gov.