Moratorium on Evictions

Eviction Moratorium

UPDATE: On June 23, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors extended the current eviction moratorium through July 31, 2020, and it may be extended on a month-to-month basis.

On April 14, 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

UPDATE: On June 30, Governor Newsom issued an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through September 30. 

On May 29, Governor Newsom issued an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through July 28. 

On March 27, Governor Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.

The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1. The action builds on Governor Newsom’s previous executive order authorizing local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the pandemic.

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.27.20-EO-N-37-20.pdf