Owners and managers of multifamily housing properties are facing the same challenges that other business owners have encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are asking themselves “How do I ensure I can keep my business running?”—but are also met with unique circumstances when dealing with both commercial and residential tenancies. Seeking advice in this rapidly changing situation can be difficult, as it is often a legal matter, and there are specific provisions and protections that vary from one jurisdiction to the next.
In the interest of both property owners and tenants, the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) has developed guidelines to help landlords understand the County’s temporary Eviction Moratorium and take proactive steps now. The Guidelines include the following topics that owners should consider as they plan for the months ahead:
- Applicability for residential and commercial tenants
- How to determine reasonable financial impacts
- Notice requirements and documentation
- Guidance for repayment of rent once the moratorium is lifted
- Resolving disputes between landlords and tenants
Your local city may have its own eviction moratorium. If so, DCBA encourages you speak with a Rent Stabilization counselor, who will refer you to appropriate resources and guidance. If you have any questions or require any further information regarding these guidelines, please call (833) 223-RENT (7368).