Moratorium on Evictions

Eviction Moratorium

UPDATE: The L.A. County Temporary Eviction Moratorium, effective March 4, 2020, through September 30, 2021*, unless repealed or extended by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, places a countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants, including mobilehome space renters. Under the county’s moratorium — which applies to Rancho Palos Verdes — tenants may not be evicted for COVID-19 related nonpayment of rent, as well as no-fault reasons, nuisance, or unauthorized occupants or pets – if related to COVID-19.

*Note: Between October 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, the county’s moratorium will not apply to residential tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship, as they are covered under the state’s eviction moratorium. We will continue to update this information if additional state and federal legislation passes affecting the county’s moratorium.

On April 14, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued an executive order expanding an existing temporary rent freeze and moratorium on evictions in parts of Los Angeles County in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 health emergency.

The order expanded the temporary eviction moratorium to cover all residential and commercial tenants in Los Angeles County (including those in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes), except those who live or conduct business in cities that have already enacted their own eviction moratoria.

In May, the moratorium was updated to clarify that commercial protections are intended for small businesses. Multi-national companies and publicly traded businesses are exempt from the County’s emergency tenant protection policies.

The moratorium includes a ban on evictions for:

  • Nonpayment of rent, if the tenant can show they have been financially impacted by the health emergency
  • No Fault reasons, such as owner/relative move-in or Ellis Act evictions
  • Violations due to additional occupants, pets or nuisance related to COVID-19

The expanded temporary rent freeze also prohibits owners of mobilehome parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County from increasing the space rent for their tenants during the moratorium period.

  • Renters will have 12 months after the moratorium ends to pay any back rent (previously six months)
  • Landlords may not impose any new passthroughs or charge interest or late fees for unpaid rent during the moratorium period
  • Landlords may not attempt to collect interest and late fees incurred during the moratorium period after the Executive Order is terminated for renters covered by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance and the Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance
  • Payment plans that allow landlords to accept partial payments from tenants during the moratorium are encouraged
  • Tenants may provide self-certification of their inability to pay rent, and landlords must accept this as sufficient notice
  • Landlords may not harass or intimidate tenants who choose to exercise their protections under this moratorium

Read the full motion at http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/145198.pdf

Have questions about L.A. County’s eviction moratorium?

Here’s everything you need to know: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/tenants-and-landlords/

More information is also available at the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs website: dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions

See also Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

For more details about the moratorium on evictions and other landlord-tenant issues, please contact the L.A. County Department of Business and Consumer Affairs at (833) 223-7368 or rent@dcba.lacounty.gov; or the L.A. County Disaster Help Center at (833) 238-4450 or visit lacountyhelpcenter.org.

The Disaster Help Center also provides expanded foreclosure protection assistance for landlords with 15 or fewer units. If you are a property owner facing financial difficulty, contact the Help Center to learn about available resources for your situation.

State Action

On June 28, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to extend the state’s eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021 and clear rent debt for low-income Californians that have suffered economic hardship due to the pandemic. Under AB 832, California will significantly increase cash assistance to low-income tenants and small landlords under the state’s $5.2 billion rent relief program, making it the largest and most comprehensive COVID rental protection and rent relief program of any state in the nation.

In an agreement forged between the Governor, the Senate and the Assembly, AB 832 increases the value of the reimbursement the state’s emergency rental assistance program provides to now cover 100 percent of past-due and prospective rent payments, as well as utility bills for income-qualified tenants. AB 832 also allows tenants to access rental funds directly if their landlord chooses not to participate and ensures landlords can receive compensation even if their otherwise income-qualified tenants have already vacated a unit.

For more tenant and landlord resources, visit landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255.