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 Local Advocacy Update
 Local Advocacy Update
By Danielle Leidner-Peretz, Director, TGovernment Affairs & External Relations
he arrival of the month of October marked the conclusion of the Statewide eviction moratorium which expired on September 30, 2021. Over nineteen months ago the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a government response at every level and a series of emergency measures that created
a complicated and confusing labyrinth of regulations in which to navigate.
While the conclusion of the state eviction moratorium reflects a shift and an ability for some in our business to move closer to normal operations, several localities that have maintained local eviction moratoriums with expirations tied to the lifting of their local emergencies, such as the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena, among others, have these local moratoriums which remain in effect. In addition, while Los Angeles County’s eviction moratorium has been renamed as the “COVID-19 Tenant Protections,” and the County acknowledges that it is preempted by State law from extending prohibitions on evictions for non- payment of rent, the Board of Supervisors continue to extend prohibitions for evictions based on nuisance or unauthorized occupants or pets whose presence are necessitated by COVID-19, denial of entry to landlord, and no-fault including owner-move-in with limited exceptions for owners / qualifying owner relatives to move into their single family home, a mobilehome space, condominium unit, duplex, or triplex.
Due to the continuation of these local eviction moratoriums and the associated complexities of the issues involved, we encourage members to confirm the status of any local moratoriums / rent increase freezes in localities in which you have property and consult with an attorney with questions related to specific tenancies and the applicability of local ordinances.
Rent control and renter protections are additional issues that have been appearing on City Council agendas as of late. Most recently in the City of Oxnard, the City Council directed staff to draft a local rent control ordinance mirroring the provisions of Assembly Bill 1482 with the exception of the rent increase limitation which, as proposed, would be set at a 5% “cap.” In the City of Bell Gardens, the City Council received an update from
City Staff on current renter protections and upcoming workshops to be conducted by the City’s Rent Control Ad Hoc Committee.
Our Association is continually monitoring and advocating for our members interests in localities throughout Southern California on these and other critical issues affecting the industry. Summarized below are some of the issues that will be coming up, that were considered or that have been approved.
City of Los Angeles Eviction Moratorium and Rent Increase Freeze Continues, the Question is Until When??
At the October 19th Los Angeles City Council meeting, the City Council once again extended the City’s declaration of local emergency for another thirty days. The relevance of this action goes beyond an extension of the local emergency to its implications on other city ordinances, namely the temporary eviction moratorium and rent increase freeze on rental units subject to the City’s rent stabilization ordinance. Both of these City ordinances’ expiration dates are directly tied to the expiration of the City’s local emergency, which at this time is a date uncertain.
Prior to the October 19th City Council meeting, the Association submitted a letter to the City Council urging them to take immediate action to separate the expiration of these interim emergency measures from the local emergency and for the immediate expiration of the residential eviction moratorium and rent increase freeze.
The City’s residential eviction moratorium and rent increase freeze were established in 2020, as interim emergency measures necessitated by a global pandemic and government mandated stay at home orders that resulted in business shutdowns and escalating unemployment. Today, both the Federal and State eviction moratoriums have expired. The circumstances that precipitated these emergency measures have significantly changed. California is open and back to business. The number of new COVID-19 positive cases continues to drastically fall, in fact California has the lowest COVID-19 rate in the country. Businesses are engaging in regular operations, with individuals being hired and working, and employees are returning to work or finding new employment opportunities. The rental housing industry must now also be allowed to recover from the more than
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