City Council to consider proposals to protect tenants in non-stabilized units

New rules would prohibit landlords from evicting without cause

L.A. is one step closer to extending eviction protections for tenants who don’t live in rent-stabilized units.

City Council approved a proposal Wednesday to explore a piece of policy that would prohibit landlords from evicting any tenant without showing “just cause,” such as failing to pay rent or causing damage to a unit.

The city attorney and the Housing and Community Investment Department will now draft a set of recommendations for the city, according to the Los Angeles Times. They have 30 days to complete it.

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The Real Deal first reported on the proposal, penned by Council member Gil Cedillo, last month. In his motion, he cited the city’s “severe housing supply and affordability crisis,” and suggested protection measures mirroring those already in place in the Bay Area.

Tenants in rent controlled units already have no-cause eviction protection. But some apartments in L.A. serve low-income tenants without rent regulation.

“Right now a tenant not protected with rent control can be evicted without any reason whatsoever and thrown out onto a rental market which they likely won’t be able to afford,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. [LAT] — Cathaleen Chen