Frequently Asked Questions (Residential)
Frequently Asked Questions (Commercial)
Eviction Moratorium and Implementation Guidelines
WHAT IS THE L.A. COUNTY TEMPORARY EVICTION MORATORIUM?
The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium, effective March 4, 2020, through September 30, 2021*, unless repealed or extended by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, places a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial* tenants, including mobilehome space renters. Under the County’s Moratorium, tenants may not be evicted for COVID-19 related nonpayment of rent, as well as no-fault reasons, nuisance, denying entry to a landlord, or unauthorized occupants or pets – if related to COVID-19.
*Note: Between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, the County’s Moratorium will not apply to residential tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship, as they are covered under the state’s eviction moratorium. We will continue to update this information if additional state and federal legislation passes affecting the County’s Moratorium.
HOW DOES THE TEMPORARY MORATORIUM WORK?
Residential Tenants (including mobilehome renters) covered under the County’s Moratorium must notify their landlord, through a self-certification within seven (7) days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, Residential Tenants must comply with the certification requirements established in Assembly Bill (AB) 3088, Senate Bill (SB) 91, and AB 832 in order to be protected from eviction. If a residential tenant’s inability to pay rent is not directly related to COVID-19, they may be protected under the CDC Order and should comply with the certification requirements under that order.
For more information on AB 3088, SB 91, AB 832, and the CDC order, please visit:
AB 3088/SB 91/AB 832 – www.housing.ca.gov
CDC Order – click here
Commercial tenants are responsible for providing notice to their landlord if they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic within seven (7) days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Tenants with nine (9) employees or fewer may self-certify their inability to pay rent to their landlord, either orally or in writing. Tenants with ten (10) or more, but fewer than one hundred (100), employees will need to provide written documentation that demonstrates inability to pay rent due to financial hardship related to COVID-19 to their landlord. If they are able to do so, Tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the Moratorium.
WHAT PROTECTIONS DOES THE COUNTY’S MORATORIUM INCLUDE FOR RESIDENTIAL TENANTS AND MOBILEHOME SPACE RENTERS?
Prohibits evictions for:
- Nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship for residential and commercial tenants*;
- No-fault reasons including but not limited to substantial remodels or demolition of property, except where a Landlord who owns a single-family home intends to move into the home for their or their family member’s use as their principal residence;
- COVID-19 related violations due to unauthorized occupants or pets;
- Nuisance, or;
- Denying entry to a landlord
Prohibits rent increases or new pass-throughs for:
- Rent-stabilized units in unincorporated Los Angeles County subject to Chapter 8.52.050 of the County Code and
- Mobilehome spaces subject to Chapter 8.57.050 of the County Code.
- Prohibits imposing or charging late fees, interest, and any related charges for unpaid rent by residential tenants* accrued during the Moratorium Period.
*Note: From October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021, the County’s Moratorium will not apply to residential tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship. Prohibition against late fees, interest, or other charges does not apply to residential tenants during this time period.
WHAT IF MY LANDLORD STILL TRIES TO EVICT ME?
The County, State, Federal protections, or a combination of each of these may provide an affirmative defense if a Tenant is served with an unlawful detainer (formal eviction notice) or is facing other civil actions for unpaid rent accrued during the Moratorium due to COVID-19 related financial hardship. Tenants are not required to move unless a Sheriff has served a Notice to Vacate.
Tenants can see if they qualify for free legal assistance, help understanding their rights, responding to notices, short-term rental assistance, and/or access to other resources by visiting http://www.stayhousedla.org/or calling 833-223-7368 for more information.
UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN A LANDLORD EVICT A TENANT FROM A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME DURING THE COUNTY’S MORATORIUM PERIOD?
As of July 1, 2021, the Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium allows a landlord who purchased a single-family home on or before June 30, 2021 to evict tenants if the landlord wishes to move into the single-family home they own and intend to use as their or a qualifying family member’s principal residence for at least thirty-six (36) consecutive months.
A landlord may only evict the tenant if certain conditions apply. Landlords are required to provide at least sixty (60) days’ notice to tenants and provide additional time if either party is diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as provide relocation assistance as required by the County’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance or the incorporated city’s applicable ordinance.
Landlords will need to use the following forms as part of the process to evict the tenant(s) and provide notice to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs:
What Other Cities In L.A. County Have a Temporary Eviction Moratorium?
Residential and Commercial
How do I know if I am in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County?
To find out if a property is in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website https://lavote.net/apps/precinctsmaps and select “District Map Look Up By Address”.