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 Local Advocacy Update
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Prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting, the Association strongly urged and advocated for the Board to postpone any amendments until after stakeholder meetings have occurred. Regarding the specific amendments under consideration, we urged the Board of Supervisors to narrowly tailor the private right of action to the aggrieved renter and to require that prior to a renter commencing a civil proceeding, the renter provide written notice to the owner of the alleged violation and the owner be given 15 days from the receipt of the notice to cure such alleged violation as currently required under the City of Los Angeles’ eviction moratorium. Unfortunately, such modifications were not included.
As background, based on the County’s contention, their eviction moratorium establishes baseline requirements for all cities, incorporated and unincorporated, countywide. Further the County eviction moratorium includes prohibitions on evictions due to non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial impacts, no-fault reasons including but not limited to demolition and substantial remodel, nuisance, unauthorized occupants or pets necessitated by or related to COVID-19, and denial of entry to the housing
provider with limited exceptions. The moratorium also includes provisions related to anti-renter harassment and retaliation. If you have any questions regarding specific tenancies and the applicability of the County’s eviction moratorium, please consult with an attorney.
On a positive note, the Board directed that the annual rent registration fee for calendar year 2021 be waived for rental housing providers who register in the County’s Rental Registry System on or before September 30, 2021.
At the March 15th City Council meeting, the Council extended their Residential Eviction Moratorium through June 30, 2021, resulting in a well beyond yearlong moratorium. The City’s expansive moratorium prohibits nearly all unlawful detainer actions except in extremely limited circumstances. The City also has had a rent increase freeze applicable to rental units subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance in effect since April 6, 2020.
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