The County of Los Angeles has imposed a rent freeze and eviction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All units subject to Los Angeles County’s Rent Control Ordinance cannot have their rent increased through May 31, 2020 (subject to change, please see future updates for new dates). Generally, units under the County’s rent stabilization ordinance include all dwelling units that were built before Febuary 1, 1995. Single family residences are excluded.
The rent freeze only applies to unincorporated Los Angeles County so neighborhoods like Montrose, La Crescenta, Altadena, East Los Angeles, City Terrace, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, and South San Gabriel.
The County of Los Angeles expanded its eviction moratorium to all unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and all cities that do not have an eviction moratorium in response to COVID-19. The eviction moratorium extends to residential and commercial units.
A landlord cannot file an eviction for non-payment of rent if the tenant can show a COVID-19 related financial loss related to any of the following:
- A presumed or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who is presumed or 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; or,
- Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19.
- The state of emergency regarding COVID-19; or
- Following government-recommended COVID-19 precautions.
A tenant has seven days to notify a landlord that the tenant is unable to pay the rent due from the date the rent is due as a result of a COVID-19 related reason stated above. A tenant has one year from the date the moratorium ends (May 31, 2020) to pay back rent due during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The County is encouraging landlords and tenants to enter into payment plans for any rent due during this time, although payment plans are not required.
The County of Los Angeles has a website for more information regarding the eviction moratorium and rent freeze, “L.A. County’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium and Rent Freeze.”
For more information regarding evictions in response to COVID-19, please contact Attorney Anthony Marinaccio at 818-839-5220.