City of Los Angeles Adopts Ordinance Prohibiting Covid-19 Evictions
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The L.A. City Council adopted an ordinance effective May 12 prohibiting COVID 19 evictions. During the Local Emergency Period and for 12 months after its expiration the City of Los Angeles is prohibiting eviction of a residential tenant for non-payment of rent during if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These circumstances include loss of income due to a COVID-19 related workplace closure, child care expenditures due to school closures, health-care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household or family who is ill with COVID-19, or reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures. Tenants have up to 12 months following the expiration of the Local Emergency Period to repay any rent deferred during the Local Emergency Period. Property owners must provide written notice to each residential tenant of the protections by a “Protections Notice.”
Commercial evictions are also prohibited for non-payment of rent during the Local Emergency Period if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial tenants have up to three months following the expiration of the Local Emergency Period to repay any rent deferred during the Local Emergency Period.
Owners cannot remove occupied Residential Real Property from the rental market under the Ellis Act during the pendency of the Local Emergency Period. Tenancies may not be terminated under the Ellis Act until 60 days after the expiration of the Local Emergency Period.
A private right of action is given to an aggrieved residential tenant with civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation. A copy of the ordinance may be found at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2020/20-0147-S19_ORD_186606_05-12-2020.pdf.