To assist residential renters who have been economically impacted by the Coronavirus, the Mayor issued an Eviction Moratorium Emergency Order
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. On March 15th, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued an Emergency Order which implemented a number of measures designed to protect the public and contain the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, the Mayor issued a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These circumstances may include:
- Loss of income due to work place closure or reduced hours due to COVID-19
- Loss of income or child care expenditures due to school closures
- Health care expenditures stemming from COVID-19 infection of the tenant or a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19
- Reasonable expenditures stemming from government ordered emergency measures.
The Mayor’s Order emphasizes that tenants are still obligated to pay lawfully charged rent. However, during the emergency period, tenants may not be evicted for failure to pay rent due to the financial impacts related to COVID-19. Tenants will have up to six (6) months following the expiration of the local emergency to repay any back rent due. Please note that the City Council may extend the repayment period as necessary in response to the emergency.
Subsequently, California Governor Newsom issued a similar Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners during the pandemic. The Governor’s order is in effect through May 31, 2020.