Los Angeles County Extends Nonpayment Moratorium Through January

Low-income renting households in Los Angeles County got another reprieve in December courtesy of the Board of Supervisors: the county’s moratorium is extended through January 2023. Renting households that cannot pay full rent due to COVID-related financial hardship are protected from eviction for nonpayment through January; and all renting households are protected from eviction for most no-fault reasons. These are protections that Beverly Hills tenants wouldn’t have without the county’s moratorium. Yet we haven’t heard a word about it from our own city hall.

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County Moratorium Continues Low-Income Tenant Protections Through December

Update for tenants suffering COVID-related financial impact: the County Board of Supervisors has amended the county’s moratorium to continue eviction protections for low-income tenants through December. A court in October had enjoined the county from enforcing protection related to nonpayment of rent, but the county subsequently amended the moratorium in mid-November to address the court’s concern. Protection against eviction is still in effect and will be through December. Let’s look at what it means for tenants.

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County Moratorium Continues No-Fault Eviction Protection (Except for Landlord Use)

Beverly Hills rent-stabilized households lost an important eviction protection when the moratorium expired: starting June 1st a tenancy could be terminated for redevelopment, remodeling, condo conversion, or any reason enumerated in the Beverly Hills rent stabilization ordinance. Households that rent a single-family home or condominium in Beverly Hills have it worse: they can be evicted for any reason or no reason at all with only 60 days notice. These households generally have no protection under local or state law. However the Los Angeles County moratorium does put such no-fault evictions on hold through December of 2022 although with one caveat: landlords can still move-in a relative. Let’s take a closer look at the county moratorium protection.

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County Moratorium: New Protection from Eviction for Low-Income Households

The Los Angeles County moratorium protection against eviction for nonpayment of rent is back in effect. As of July 1, 2022 low-income renting households may delay the payment of rent if they are unable to pay rent due to COVID by filing a declaration with the landlord. The landlord must accept the declaration and no documentation is necessary. This will come as a relief to households financially impacted by COVID yet were left out on a limb after City of Beverly Hills sunset our residential tenant moratorium on May 31st. But the county moratorium offers additional protections too. Let’s take a look.

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Update for Tenants Experiencing COVID-Related Hardship

Recent legislation from Sacramento has extended the temporary state eviction protection for tenants who are waiting on state COVID assistance. Through June 30th the landlord may not evict a tenant who has a pending application with Housing is Key and has not been denied. However effective immediately a Beverly Hills tenant who cannot pay rent, and who has not filed a city declaration for protection, and who does not have a pending relief application, may be evicted. New state legislation (AB 2019) preempts the county from shielding tenants from eviction for nonpayment.

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LA County Protects Tenants from Non-Emergency Landlord Entry [Updated]

Los Angeles County in January of 2021 enacted a COVID moratorium provision to protect a tenant from eviction for denying the landlord, or his agent, entry to the premises, when the purpose of that entry is neither related to an emergency or health and safety. Until May 31st that county protection remains in place and it does apply to all Beverly Hills tenants. Moreover, if the landlord harasses a tenant for the purpose of entry that too is an affirmative defense against eviction. Let’s take a closer look at this important but little-known tenant protection.

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