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 Local Advocacy Update
19 months under the City’s moratorium and rent increase freeze and resume normal operations.
We encourage members with property in the City of Los Angeles to review the full details of the City’s eviction moratorium and rent increase freeze ordinances. The Association will continue to strongly advocate for the repeal of the eviction moratorium and rent increase freeze.
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution (Previously Known As the County Eviction Moratorium) Has Been Extended Through January 31, 2022
On Tuesday, September 28th, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution which renamed the countywide eviction moratorium to “COVID-19 Tenant Protections”. Based on the Statewide Eviction Moratorium, Assembly Bill 832, which expired on September 30, 2021, the Association has and continues to believe that the County is preempted by State law, from extending any portion of the County’s COVID-19 moratorium provisions prior to April 1, 2022.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors acknowledges that “the County is preempted under the State’s new eviction statute, through March 31, 2022, from enacting new or amending existing protections for residential tenants related to nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19.” However, the Board contends that it has the authority to continue to extend other prohibitions contained within their eviction moratorium, as stated in the motion they maintain “continuation of the residential protections not preempted by the State including protections against nuisance, unauthorized occupants or pets whose presence are necessitated by COVID, denial of entry to landlords, no-fault, and specific instances of owner move-in.”
Founded upon that rationale, the County’s latest resolution
does not include a prohibition on eviction for residential renters based on non-payment of rent but continues to prohibit the following evictions and provides
renters with an affirmative defense against evictions in the incorporated cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County based on:
• Nuisance or for unauthorized occupants or pets whose presence was necessitated by or related to the COVID-19 emergency
• Denial of entry to the unit – where the renter denied entry to the rental unit to owner under certain circumstances
• No-fault evictions with limited exceptions for owner/qualified owner relative move-in to their single-family homes, mobilehome space, condominium unit, duplex, or triplex under very limited circumstances.
The resolution also continues to include renter anti- harassment provisions. Additionally, the County’s resolution extends the rent increase freeze applicable to the unincorporated areas of the County.
We encourage members with property in Los Angeles County to review the full details of the County’s resolution.
Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission Adopts a Resolution Recommending that the City Council Align the Conclusion of the City’s Eviction Moratorium with the State’s Eviction Moratorium
At the October 6th Rent Stabilization Commission meeting, the Commission adopted a resolution recommending that the City Council end the City’s eviction moratorium at the same time as the State. The Statewide eviction moratorium, Assembly Bill 832, expired on September 30, 2021.
Currently, the Beverly Hills residential eviction moratorium prohibits evictions for non-payment of rent due to substantial financial impacts of COVID-19, no-fault evictions unless necessary for health and safety reasons, and bans annual rent increases for RSO units for the duration of the City’s local emergency. Renters substantially financially impacted by COVID-19, who
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