LA Council rejects stronger eviction protection measures

Members were previously unified over rent-related measures during coronavirus crisis

Los Angeles /
Apr.April 23, 2020 10:05 AM
Mike Bonin and David Ryu
Councilmembers Mike Bonin and David Ryu proposed the measure, which would have broadened protections against evictions amid the crisis.

The Los Angeles City Council saw its first real split over rent-related policies during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Council voted 7-6 against a motion to broaden the city’s eviction protections, according to the Los Angeles Times. Had it passed, landlords would have been allowed to evict tenants “to protect the health and safety of other occupants of the property.”

Currently, landlords in the city cannot evict tenants who can’t pay rent because of a loss of income tied to the pandemic. Tenants have 12 months to pay any missed rent. Critics argue the policy isn’t clear enough and that it gives tenants the impression they have more protections in place than they really do.

The motion’s authors, councilmembers Mike Bonin and David Ryu, said the current protections are confusing for renters and don’t do enough to discourage landlords from initiating the eviction process.

“I think it’s false hope to say we have an eviction moratorium that really isn’t one,” Bonin said, according to the report.

For unincorporated parts of L.A. County, tenants now only have to tell their landlords in writing that they can’t make rent within seven days of rent coming due to prevent an eviction, under a measure passed last week. The county has adopted a slew of tenant protections in the last month.

The City Council also rejected a motion from Bonin and Ryu to halt rent increases across the city. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer said the measure wouldn’t hold up unless the statewide Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act was suspended.

The Council did pass a resolution supporting state and federal rent and mortgage relief measures, essentially allowing people to forego payments until the crisis ended. And it supported a measure by Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that calls for a suspension of rent and mortgage obligations across the country through the end of the pandemic.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said this week he wants to suspend rents and mortgage payments in the city using federal dollars. [LAT] — Dennis Lynch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
State of California to hand out pandemic-related mortgage relief
State of California to hand out pandemic-related mortgage relief
State of California to hand out pandemic-related mortgage relief
Westwood developer plans apartments in South LA
Westwood developer plans apartments in South LA
Westwood developer plans apartments in South LA
Downtown LA’s Standard Hotel to shutter permanently
Downtown LA’s Standard Hotel to shutter permanently
Downtown LA’s Standard Hotel to shutter permanently
Clockwise from top left: The Altana complex, the Residences at Westgate, Kings Villages, Union South Bay complex and the Next on Lex complex
“Workforce housing” projects dominate LA County’s biggest apartment sales in 2021
“Workforce housing” projects dominate LA County’s biggest apartment sales in 2021
Hotel bookings in LA reached pre-pandemic levels in fall
Hotel bookings in LA reached pre-pandemic levels in fall
Hotel bookings in LA reached pre-pandemic levels in fall
(Los Angeles City Planning)
Proposed Koreatown infill could see 45-unit apartment complex
Proposed Koreatown infill could see 45-unit apartment complex
Renderings of the project (Los Angeles City Planning)
27-unit apartment complex eyed on single-family lot in Los Feliz
27-unit apartment complex eyed on single-family lot in Los Feliz
Frost/Chaddock’s Silver Lake apartment project clears planning commission
Frost/Chaddock’s Silver Lake apartment project clears planning commission
Frost/Chaddock’s Silver Lake apartment project clears planning commission
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...