(Actual) Eviction Moratorium

Item 39 / Council File: 20-0404

(BONIN – RYU – HARRIS-DAWSON) relative to prohibiting the termination of a tenancy during the City of Los Angeles State of Emergency that was declared on March 4, 2020.  

If passed, this motion would instruct the City Attorney to draft an emergency ordinance prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants during the COVID-19 emergency and 30 days following the end of the emergency. The ordinance would prohibit landlords from serving eviction notices, or attempting to evict tenants through lockouts, or utility shutoffs. As of this writing, the council file mostly has comments from landlords in opposition.

Take one minute to submit a public comment!

Responsible Banking Investment Monitoring Program

Item 28 / Council File: 09-0234-S4

(HARRIS-DAWSON – KORETZ – KREKORIAN – MARTINEZ – PRICE – WESSON – RODRIGUEZ) relative to potential amendments to the Responsible Banking Ordinance to ensure that the City is doing business with financial institutions that are providing maximum protections to property owners and renters during the COVID-19 emergency.

LA City Council will also vote on amendments to the “Responsible Banking” program, which will prioritize working with banks that provide relief to mortgage holders and renters during COVID-19.

Take one minute to submit a public comment!

Rent Increase Freeze

Item 37 / Council File: 20-0407

(BONIN – RYU – HARRIS-DAWSON) relative to freezing rent increases during the City of Los Angeles State of Emergency that was declared on March 4, 2020.  

This motion instructs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that prohibits rent increases during the COVID-19 emergency and 90 days afterwards. What might’ve been seen as ‘progressive’ pre-COVID is now a minimal effort to protect renters. Landlords and real estate interests are fighting this measure, and with half of LA City Council comprised of landlords, passing this could still be an uphill battle.

Take one minute to submit a public comment!

Reclassify Unpaid Rent as Consumer Debt

Item 38 / Council File: 20-0409

(BONIN – RYU – HARRIS-DAWSON) relative to classifying unpaid rent as consumer debt, not subject to the unlawful detainer process and allowing landlords and tenants to create temporary rent reduction agreements.  

If passed, the City Attorney would draft an ordinance to reclassify unpaid rent incurred during the COVID-19 emergency as consumer debt, which means that landlords would not be able to evict tenants over rent debt. Instead of evicting tenants over unpaid rent, landlords would be encouraged to work out rental repayment agreements.

Take one minute to submit a public comment!

Motions to Support Federal and State Action on Mortgage and Rent Relief

Item 58 / Council File: 20-0002-S42

Item 59 / Council File: 20-0002-S43

Item 61 / Council File: 20-0002-S45

These resolutions enjoy popular support among LA City Council because they allow City Council Members to claim that they support more progressive ideas, like rent suspension, without having to take any action that would upset their donor base.

Click on the ‘NEW’ button in the council files to submit a public comment.

Call City Council

In addition to leaving a public comment on the council files, it’s also important to CALL YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER. They are likely receiving many calls from landlords and business interests in opposition to tenant protections. They need to hear from you and why it’s important that they do everything in their power to cancel rent and mortgage and ensure that people can remain in their homes to safely quarantine during the COVID-19 emergency. Tell them that you support Items 28, 37, 38, 39, 58, 59, and 61.

Although homelessness issues are largely missing from the agenda, they still need to hear support for housing and services as the solution to homelessness, not sweeps and criminalization. Mayor Garcetti has the authority to commandeer hotels to house the unhoused. LA City Council Members must use their influence to pressure the Mayor to do the right thing. Tell your City Council Member that you support the demands of the #NoVacancyCA coalition.

  1. Councilmember Gil Cedillo, CD 1
    (213) 473-7001; Gilbert.Cedillo@lacity.org
  2. Councilmember Paul Krekorian, CD 2
    (213) 473-7002; councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org
  3. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, CD 3
    (213) 473-7003; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org
  4. Councilmember David Ryu, CD 4
    (213) 473-7004; david.ryu@lacity.org
  5. Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD 5
    (213) 473-7005; Paul.koretz@lacity.org
  6. Councilmember Nury Martinez, CD 6
    (213) 473-7006; councilmember.Martinez@lacity.org
  7. Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, CD 7
    (213) 473-7007; councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org
  8. Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, CD 8
    (213) 473-7008; councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org
  9. Councilmember Curren Price, CD 9
    (213) 473-7009; councilmember.price@lacity.org
  10. Councilmember Herb Wesson, CD 10
    (213) 473-7010; councilmember.Wesson@lacity.org
  11. Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11
    (213) 473-7011; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
  12.  Councilmember John Lee, CD 12
    (213) 473-7012; Councilmember.Lee@lacity.org
  13. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13
    (213) 473-7013; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org
  14. Councilmember Jose Huizar, CD 14
    (213) 473-7014; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
  15. Councilmember Joe Buscaino, CD 15 (213) 473-7015; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org
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1 Comment

Michael · April 21, 2020 at 9:57 pm

Pass the moritorium
No one should be evicted in these times
Even considering so should be considered a crime

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