COVID-19 Tenant Resources
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the County of Los Angeles enacted a temporary moratorium, last week, to protect residential and commercial tenants in the unincorporated areas of LA County. Similar to measures adopted by cities across LA County, this moratorium aims to protect those who live in unincorporated areas and are suddenly unable to make rent due to COVID-19.
It offers protection from eviction from March 4, 2020 through May 31, 2020 for:
- Nonpayment of rent; and
- Late charges or any other fees
Landlords will not be able to evict a tenant if a tenant can show an inability to pay rent (and/or related charges) due to financial losses from:
- A diagnosis of COVID-19 or caring for a household/family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19;
- Layoff, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer losses due to COVID-19;
- Compliance with a recommendation from the County’s Health Officer to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregation with others during the state of emergency;
- Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses related to diagnosis and testing for and/or treatment of COVID-19;
- Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19;
- The state of emergency regarding COVID-19;
- Following government-recommended COVID-19 precautions.
- A No Fault eviction reason, unless necessary for health or safety reasons
Temporary Rent Freeze
In line with similar orders adopted by cities in the County of Los Angeles, an executive order placing a temporary rent freeze on rent stabilized units in unincorporated parts of LA County has gone into effect.
The temporary rent freeze means that rental costs may not be increased for multi-family housing properties, built before February 1995, until May 31, 2020, unless extended.
The COVID-19 health emergency has, understandably, left both tenants and landlords with questions. If you happen to be one, LA County wants to help address concerns or questions regarding the rules applicable to your situation.
To learn more about the eviction moratorium, rent freeze, or resources available to tenants and landlords, reach us:
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Since 1965, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS-LA) has provided free legal services to low-income residents. We serve all of Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, the neighboring communities in the Pomona, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, and the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. NLS-LA provides the highest quality services to its clients, individually and collectively. NLS advocacy is directed towards both the needs of the individual client requesting legal assistance, and to clients who seek to enforce the broader rights of the low-income community. Equally important to NLS-LA is the development of self-help skills and other tools, which allow clients and client groups to solve their own problems and improve their lives and communities. NLS' drop-in legal centers teach people to access justice for themselves. The Center's professional staff and volunteers help people navigate through the court system, from filling out the appropriate forms, to how and what to say before a judge. The Centers provide assistance with small claims, evictions, family law and other civil litigation. Internet access, computerized court forms and Alternative Dispute Resolution are also available.