Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution

Updated July 1st, 2022

The LA County Board of Supervisors have voted to extend The Los Angeles County Eviction Moratorium through the end of 2022. The moratorium also includes an extension on the current rent increase freeze.

The extension, also called “Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution“, takes effect on February 1st, 2022 after the moratorium currently in place is set to expire. Landlords will not be allowed to evict tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for nonpayment of rent until at least January 2023. There are 3 phases to consider.

Los Angeles County Moratorium Extension

Phase 1: February 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022

As of February 1st, 2022 current residential tenants in Los Angeles County will be protected from evictions until at least May 31st, 2022 for the following reasons:

  • No fault reasons such as extensive remodeling, removing the rental from the market and most owner or family member move-in situations.
  • Tenant causing nuisance
  • Unauthorized tenants/guests or pets
  • Denying entry to the landlord for inspections/repairs.

Besides the extended protections, tenants will also be protected from harassment and retaliation. This includes residential, mobile home space renters and commercial tenants.

Landlords are allowed to evict a tenant or a member of their household under the follow specific circumstances:

  • The rental is a single family home, mobile home space, condominium or a duplex.
  • If the rental is a triplex, additional requirements must be met. Learn more here.

It’s important to keep in mind that the current California Eviction Moratorium Extension (AB 832) provides statewide eviction protection to tenants, LA County included, due to nonpayment of rent. In order for an eviction to proceed in court, the landlord must provide proof that the tenant applied for California. These protections expire on March 31st, 2022.

Cue The LA County Updated COVID-19 Tenant Protections Extension.

Phase 2: June 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022

As of June 1st, 2022, landlords will be able to pursue an eviction of a tenant in LA County for the following reasons:

  • Nonpayment of rent for tenants whose income is above the 80% area median income threshold. (currently $94,560 for a family of 4)
  • Owner move-in for homes purchased after 6/30/21.
  • Requirement for landlord move-in for tenants impacted by COVID-19
  • Tenants unreasonably denying entry to the landlord.

Tenants in LA County will continue to be protected from:

  • Evictions for nonpayment of rent for tenants who are under the 80% area median income.
  • No fault evictions (extensive remodeling, certain owner move-in situations or removing the property off the market.
  • Tenants causing a nuisance.
  • Unauthorized tenants/guests or pets.
  • Landlord harassment and retaliation.

Effective July 1st, 2022

Low-Income tenants (households that fall under the 80% area median income) may be protected against eviction for nonpayment of rent due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. As of the update of this article (July 1st, 2022), the income limits to be eligible are as follows:

Income limits for household sizes for LA County eviction protections eligibility:

Household Size80% AMI

IMPORTANT: Your tenant must provide notice within 7 days of rent being due.

Can I evict a tenant to move in to my rental property while the resolution is in place?

The landlord may evict so that the landlord or a qualifying family member may move in if the following criteria is met:

  • You must physically reside in the unit for at least 36 consecutive months.
  • Tenants of the rental in question must be up to date on rent.
  • You or your family member must be similarly situated to the tenant currently occupying the unit.
  • You must provide a 60 day notice to your tenant in writing.
  • You must pay your tenant relocation assistance as required by the LA County Rent Stabilization Ordinance.3

Phase 3: January 1, 2023 through June 30, 2023

As of January 1, 2023, tenant protections for non-payment of rent will continue for tenants who earn 80% of the AMI. All other protections from phase 2 will end.

Additional Information about the LA County Eviction Moratorium

What parts of LA Does the Los Angeles County Moratorium Cover?

The moratorium applies to all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and incorporated areas if the city doesn’t have its own moratorium or if it is less restrictive as the LA County Moratorium. All residential rental properties, whether single family homes or apartment complexes, are protected under the LA County moratorium.

The protections to LA County tenants are retroactive to March 4th, 2020 and provide protections through January 31st, 2022.

How do the protections work?

The tenant must notify their landlord through self-certification within 7 days after rent is due.

Rent Freeze

The new resolution also prohibits landlords from raising rent to residential tenants in rent stabilized units in unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County through the end of 2022.

Have questions? You can learn more about the resolution here. Please feel free to call 1-800-686-8686 or write us for more information intake@fastevict.com