Los Angeles County’s eviction moratorium and tenant protections have been extended until at least Jan. 31, 2023.
The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 20 voted to extend the moratorium — which went into effect during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — until January 2023.
Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s motion called for the extension of protections that were scheduled to expire at the end of December. She argued that COVID-19, as well as other viruses like the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), could put stress on renters during the winter season.
Her motion aligns the county’s protections with those of the city of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles City Council previously voted to end the city’s eviction moratorium and tenant protections on Jan. 31.
While the motion only extended the renter protections through January, the board also backed an amendment by Supervisor Hilda Solis asking county staff to study the possibility of extending the protections even further, through June 30.
She said such a move would help prevent tens of thousands of renters from being evicted, while also providing more time to inform both landlords and renters about when the definite end of the eviction moratorium would be.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated our housing crisis, and experts fear an ‘eviction tsunami’ is on the horizon if we don’t take bold, swift action,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis on Twitter, before the board approved the one-month extension. “Our families need eviction protections for at least an additional 6 months.”
Solis’ motion asked for a report back in 30 days on such an extension, along with the proposed creation of a $5 million relief program for “mom-and-pop” landlords who have been unable to collect rent during the tenant protections.
Supervisor Janice Hahn said assistance for small landlords must be included in any possible future extension of the tenant protections.
The Board voted 4-0 to approve the motion, and the amendment, with Supervisor Kathryn Barger abstaining. (AJPress)