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COVID-19 Los Angeles County FAQ’s

Are you a renter in Los Angeles facing a difficult living situation?

 

What is the County’s eviction moratorium?

The Los Angeles County Eviction Moratorium, effective March 4, 2020, to June 30, 2020, and may be extended by the Board on a month-to-month basis, implements a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants, and space renters living in mobile home parks, for nonpayment of rent, if the tenant or space renter can show they have been financially impacted related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

What protections does the moratorium include?

Prohibits evictions for:
Nonpayment of rent due to a COVID-19 related reason;
No-fault reasons under the County Code; and
COVID-19 related violations due to unauthorized occupants, pets, or nuisance.
Prohibits rent increases for:
Rent-stabilized rental units in unincorporated Los Angeles County subject to Chapter 8.52 of the Los Angeles County Code; and
Mobile home spaces subject to Chapter 8.57 of the Los Angeles County Code.
Prohibits imposing new pass-throughs or charging late fees, interest, and any related charges for unpaid rent accrued during the Moratorium Period.

Does this mean tenants don’t need to pay their rent?

No, this moratorium is not a waiver of rent. Residential tenants and commercial tenants with nine (9) or fewer employees will have up to 12 months following the end of the Moratorium Period to repay any past due payments. Commercial tenants with 10 but less than 100 employees will have up to six (6) months following the end of the moratorium to pay back any

What responsibilities do tenants and landlords have as it pertains to the moratorium?

Tenants are responsible to provide notice to their landlord if they are unable to pay rent.
Landlords must accept a tenant’s self-certification as a valid form of notice.
Landlords should not harass or intimidate tenants that exercise their rights under the moratorium.
Tenants and landlords are encouraged to work out a payment plan during and after the moratorium.
When should a tenant notify the landlord that tenant is unable to pay rent due?
Tenants must notify their landlord, through a self-certification, within 7 days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Tenants are encouraged to deliver notice to their landlord in writing. If they are able to do so, tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the moratorium.

Who do these protections apply to in Los Angeles?

These protections apply to residential, commercial, and mobile home space renters in Los Angeles County unless they are located in a jurisdiction that has enacted its own moratorium. NOTE: These protections do not apply to commercial renters that are multi-national, are publicly traded, or have more than 100 employees.

What if my city has its own eviction moratorium?

If your city has its own moratorium, the County’s rules do not apply. Please visit rent.lacounty.gov for a list of moratoria in Los Angeles County.

 

 

What if my landlord still tries to evict me?

Tenants are not required to move until a Sheriff has served a Notice to Vacate, which will not occur until the Governor Newsom’s Executive Order has been lifted. The Judicial Council Emergency Ruling, dated April 6, 2020, postpones any set hearings for at least 60 days and prevents courts from accepting any eviction cases until 90 days after the State of Emergency is lifted. Call DCBA for more information.

ERIKA H.

Creative Heads Inc.

Matt is like a legal-Sith master for good. Incisive. Decisive. Insightful. Authoritative. Trustworthy. Steady. A mediation-maverick, with a briefcase in place of a light saber (and he sports dapper suits)

CHRIS K.

Matt and his colleague Nick have been absolutely exemplary to work with. They are both very knowledgeable, direct yet easy to work with, patient and most importantly, got the result we were all hoping for

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What Is the County’s Eviction Moratorium?

What is the County’s eviction moratorium?

The Los Angeles County Eviction Moratorium, effective March 4, 2020, to June 30, 2020, and may be extended by the Board on a month-to-month basis, implements a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants, and space renters living in mobile home parks, for nonpayment of rent, if the tenant or space renter can show they have been financially impacted related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What protections does the moratorium include?
Prohibits evictions for:
Nonpayment of rent due to a COVID-19 related reason;
No-fault reasons under the County Code; and
COVID-19 related violations due to unauthorized occupants, pets, or nuisance.
Prohibits rent increases for:
Rent-stabilized rental units in unincorporated Los Angeles County subject to Chapter 8.52 of the Los Angeles County Code; and
Mobilehome spaces subject to Chapter 8.57 of the Los Angeles County Code.
Prohibits imposing new pass-throughs or charging late fees, interest, and any related charges for unpaid rent accrued during the Moratorium Period.

Does this mean tenants don’t need to pay their rent?

No, this moratorium is not a waiver of rent. Residential tenants and commercial tenants with nine (9) or fewer employees will have up to 12 months following the end of the Moratorium Period to repay any past due payments. Commercial tenants with 10 but less than 100 employees will have up to six (6) months following the end of the moratorium to pay back any

What responsibilities do tenants and landlords have as it pertains to the moratorium?
Tenants are responsible to provide notice to their landlord if they are unable to pay rent.
Landlords must accept a tenant’s self-certification as a valid form of notice.
Landlords should not harass or intimidate tenants that exercise their rights under the moratorium.
Tenants and landlords are encouraged to work out a payment plan during and after the moratorium.
When should a tenant notify the landlord that tenant is unable to pay rent due?
Tenants must notify their landlord, through a self-certification, within 7 days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Tenants are encouraged to deliver notice to their landlord in writing. If they are able to do so, tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the moratorium.

Who do these protections apply to?

These protections apply to residential, commercial, and mobile home space renters in Los Angeles County unless they are located in a jurisdiction that has enacted its own moratorium. NOTE: These protections do not apply to commercial renters that are multi-national, are publicly traded, or have more than 100 employees.

What if my city has its own eviction moratorium?
If your city has its own moratorium, the County’s rules do not apply. Please visit rent.lacounty.gov for a list of moratoria in Los Angeles County.

What if my landlord still tries to evict me?
Tenants are not required to move until a Sheriff has served a Notice to Vacate, which will not occur until the Governor Newsom’s Executive Order has been lifted. The Judicial Council Emergency Ruling, dated April 6, 2020, postpones any set hearings for at least 60 days and prevents courts from accepting any eviction cases until 90 days after the State of Emergency is lifted. Call DCBA for more information.

Renting During COVID-19

Renting During COVID-19

Have you been threatened with eviction during this difficult time because you are unable to pay your rent? Maybe you’ve been evicted and currently have no place to go? If you’re facing being evicted or have been evicted in Los Angeles, Brinton Firm might be able to help.

With COVID-19 causing a mass loss of jobs, new ordinances have been put into place regarding tenant protection. On March 16th, California’s governor issued an executive order which suspends certain evictions of renters and homeowners. The ordinance temporarily prohibits evictions for tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID -19. In addition evictions have been prohibited for the following circumstances: no-fault reasons, unauthorized occupants or pets, and nuisance related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Circumstances that might make an individual unable to pay rent include loss of income due to workplace closure, additional child care expenditures due to school closings, health care expenditures related to COVID-19, and other reasonable expenditures related to the government ordered emergency measures. If you are unable to pay rent for any of the above reasons and are being faced with sudden eviction, give Brinton Firm a call. We’re here to help you during this difficult time.

In addition to dealing with possible evictions, it’s possible that you might deal with your landlord attempting to take all or part of your government stimulus check. Whether this occurs through fraud, intimidation, or coercion, it is unlawful. Your landlord has no right to your stimulus check. If you are facing this difficult predicament, Brinton Firm might be able to assist you.

In the event that your landlord is violating any part of the ordinance in regards to COVID-19, it’s possible that he or she is subject to a civil penalty of $10,000 per violation. If you are older than 65 or are considered disabled, an additional $5000 per violation could be added to this.

If you are facing issues with your landlord, Brinton Firm is here to help. Give us a call at 1-323-347-3168 and we will be happy to discuss the next steps to solving your issue.

ERIKA H.

Creative Heads Inc.

Matt is like a legal-Sith master for good. Incisive. Decisive. Insightful. Authoritative. Trustworthy. Steady. A mediation-maverick, with a briefcase in place of a light saber (and he sports dapper suits)

CHRIS K.

Matt and his colleague Nick have been absolutely exemplary to work with. They are both very knowledgeable, direct yet easy to work with, patient and most importantly, got the result we were all hoping for

FREE CONSULTATION

Are you a renter in Los Angeles facing a difficult living situation?

Are you a renter in Los Angeles facing a difficult living situation?

If you are renting in Los Angeles, there is a strong possibility that you have faced some unpleasant experiences. Renters in Los Angeles have experienced anything from bed bug infestations to wrongful eviction. If you are not satisfied with your rental experience, the Brinton Firm might be able to help.

If you’ve noticed more than just the occasional rodent or bug, your property might be considered uninhabitable. You walk into your kitchen each day and see roaches crawling on the counters. After a few weeks, you find that there is extensive damage from roaches living under the sink. You go into your living room to call your landlord and smell something terrible. It smells like disgusting sewage, but you’re unsure of its whereabouts. Does this scenario sound at all familiar? If so, you might be entitled to compensation. Call the Brinton Firm at  1-323-347-3168 to find out what you might be entitled to legally.

Rodents and bugs are not the only potential issues when renting. Have you ever tripped on that one board, step, etc. that is just not installed right? Maybe you were bringing in your groceries on a rainy spring day and fell on the wet stairs leading up to your apartment because the handrail had been broken for months. What about the lighting in your stairwell? Have you ever fallen down the stairs due to inadequate lighting? Have you have been injured, because your landlord has not maintained your rental unit? It’s time to seek legal advice. You might be entitled to compensation regarding any injuries that occurred on the property.

You depend on your rental property to provide you a safe space in which to live. While landlords in Los Angeles don’t always provide a satisfactory space, what’s even worse is being faced with eviction. While a landlord does have the right to evict you for not paying your rent, there is a certain procedure that he or she must follow. Failure to follow the legal procedures can be wrongful eviction. Imagine that you missed one month of rent. Maybe it was even an accident. The next day when you wake up to get ready for work, all of your utilities are shut off. Your landlord lets you know that you have just hours to vacate the premises. You’re frustrated with the situation, so you take a short walk to clear your mind. When you come back, you find that most of your personal belongings have been thrown on the curb. Behavior like this from a Landlord is illegal and unacceptable. You have rights to stop such behavior. At the Brinton Firm, we can inform you of your rights and help you to seek appropriate relief.

When you first visited your rental property, it’s possible that there were hidden dangers and illegalities. A rental building should comply with all state and local building codes. This means that it is safe to live in. An illegal rental does not comply with building codes. Does your rental property lack its own gas or electric meter? Do you not have your own address or mailbox? Do you have unusually low ceilings? What about ungrounded outlets or rooms that lack windows? All of these things are signs that your rental property could be an illegal rental. In this situation, it’s best to seek legal advice right away to ensure that you are not evicted by the state or local government, and that you have a safe place to live.

If you are a Los Angeles renter and you are experiencing any of the above problems, call the Brinton Firm at 1-323-347-3168  We are here to help you with whatever issues you are facing with your rental property. The process is sure to be smooth from the first phone call to potentially getting a settlement. We can tell you exactly what actions should be taken and inform you of your rights. No one deserves to live in an uninhabitable or illegal rental unit. Call us today to find out how we can help!

ERIKA H.

Creative Heads Inc.

Matt is like a legal-Sith master for good. Incisive. Decisive. Insightful. Authoritative. Trustworthy. Steady. A mediation-maverick, with a briefcase in place of a light saber (and he sports dapper suits)

CHRIS K.

Matt and his colleague Nick have been absolutely exemplary to work with. They are both very knowledgeable, direct yet easy to work with, patient and most importantly, got the result we were all hoping for

FREE CONSULTATION