Council Prepares to Consider New Tenant Protections
LOS ANGELES (January 17, 2023) – The Los Angeles City Council is prepared to vote this Friday (January 20, 2023) on new protections for renters in the City of Los Angeles, if action is recommended by the Council’s Housing and Homelessness Committee. The matter will appear as Item 1 (21-0042-S3) on Friday’s agenda.
The Housing and Homelessness Committee meets tomorrow (Wednesday, January 18) at 2:00 PM to consider adding new renter protections to the Los Angeles Municipal Code as embodied in City Attorney draft ordinances submitted last November. Among other provisions, the revised draft ordinance would prohibit termination of tenancy without just cause for those rental agreements not already covered by the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance or by the State of California.
The Committee will also consider a Los Angeles Housing Department report from last November November 2, 2022, with recommendations including adoption of tenant relocation assistance protections for economic displacement, and a threshold for evictions for non-payment of rent for all residential rental units. All these matters appear as Item 13 (21-0042-S3) on the Committee’s Wednesday agenda.
The eviction moratorium currently in place will expire along with the City’s state of emergency declaration when that declaration expires on January 31. If the Housing committee recommends an ordinance to the Council and a first vote falls short of unanimous approval in Council on Friday, there will be an opportunity for a second vote the following week, requiring only an eight-vote majority to enact the Ordinance into law before the moratorium expires.