Los Angeles County extends halt on evicting tenants through June 30

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a local eviction moratorium through June 30.   

The local moratorium applies where it does not overlap with state protections for residential tenants unable to pay rent due to COVID-19-related financial stress. It covers commercial evictions, no-fault evictions and prohibits ousting tenants for unauthorized occupants, pets and other nuisances.   

The board had generally been extending the measure one month at a time, but Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the longer time period. "I am heartened by recent reductions in cases and deaths caused by COVID-19 and hopeful that the end of the pandemic may be coming into view, but we are not out of the woods yet and neither are renters," Kuehl said.

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"No one should be threatened with eviction or made homeless by this pandemic, so, once again, we are acting to make sure that no one loses their home as a result of this prolonged public health crisis," she said.

The board's unanimous vote also approves penalties of up to $5,000 per violation per day for tenant harassment or retaliation or double that in the case of senior or disabled tenants.

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