LA City Council Votes to End Eviction Moratorium
On October 4th, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to end the eviction moratorium that helped renters during the pandemic.
In the public comment section, landlords and renters shared passionate arguments on why the moratorium should be finished or kept longer.
Ultimately, the council decided to end the eviction moratorium while keeping renter protections. The compromise allows landlords to presume business without putting renters at risk of going homeless.
When Does it Officially End?
The citywide eviction moratorium will officially end on January 31, 2023, giving tenants over three months to prepare.
However, that doesn’t mean everyone who missed rent throughout the pandemic will be evicted on that date. When California ended the statewide moratorium, tenants had until August 1st, 2023, to pay missed rent between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021.
The city of LA will expand on that and give tenants until February 1, 2024, to pay missed rent between October 1, 2021, and February 1, 2023.
In addition, to protect renters, landlords will not be allowed to raise rents until February 1, 2024. An amendment by Councilmember John Lee that would’ve allowed rent increases was immediately struck down by the council.
Although the city ended the moratorium to protect landlords, especially mom-and-pop rentees, the council provided many protections to ensure renters are not evicted.
Thus, Council President Nury Martinez describes the vote as a compromise that allows us to “preserve the livelihood of our renters while still transitioning from COVID-era protections...”
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