About L.A. County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution

Frequently Asked Questions (Residential)

Frequently Asked Questions (Commercial)

COVID-19 Tenant Protections

WHAT IS THE COUNTY’S COVID-19 TENANT PROTECTIONS RESOLUTION?

On September 28, 2021, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (“Board”) adopted the Los Angeles County (“County”) COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution (“COVID-19 Tenant Protections”), which extended certain protections previously in effect under the County’s Eviction Moratorium. The COVID-19 Tenant Protections are retroactive to March 4, 2020 and provide affirmative defenses against evictions for residential* and commercial tenants, including mobilehome space renters, through January 31, 2022, unless repealed or extended by the Board. Under these protections, residential and commercial* tenants, including mobilehome space renters may not be evicted for COVID-19 related nonpayment of rent as well as no-fault reasons, denying entry to a landlord, nuisance, or unauthorized occupants or pets – if related to COVID-19.

*Note: Between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2022, the County’s Protections 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 Protections.

HOW DO THE PROTECTIONS WORK?

RESIDENTIAL TENANTS

Residential Tenants (including mobilehome renters) covered under the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections 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 the state’s eviction protections (Assembly Bill (AB) 3088, Senate Bill (SB) 91, and AB 832) in order to be protected from eviction. 

For more information on the state’s eviction protections, please visit: www.housing.ca.gov  

COMMERCIAL TENANTS

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 no more 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 can do so, Tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the COVID-19 Tenant Protections period. Additionally, a landlord must provide Tenant (s) with nine (9) employees or fewer a copy of their rights under the County’s protections within ten (10) days of issuing a notice of nonpayment.

WHAT DO THE COUNTY’S COVID-19 TENANT PROTECTIONS INCLUDE FOR RESIDENTIAL TENANTS AND MOBILEHOME SPACE RENTERS?

  • Provides an affirmative defense for evictions, except where necessary to protect health and safety for:
    • Nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship through September 30, 2020*;
    • No-fault reasons, including but not limited to substantial remodels or demolition of property, except:
      • As of July 1, 2021, where a landlord who owns a single-family home, mobilehome space, condominium unit, duplex, or triplex on or before June 30, 2021, and intends to move into up to two units for their or their family member’s use as their principal residence;
    • Unauthorized occupants or pets whose presence is necessitated by COVID-19;
    • Nuisance; or
    • Denying entry to a landlord.
  • Prohibits rent increases or new pass-throughs for rent stabilized units or mobilehome spaces in unincorporated areas of the County (Chapter 8.52 and 8.57 of the County Code)
  • Prohibits imposing or charging late fees, interest, and any related charges for unpaid rent by residential tenants* accrued during the Protection Period.

*Note: From October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022, the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections do 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. 

Commercial Tenants (Tenants):

  • Provides an affirmative defense for evictions, except where necessary to protect health and safety for:
    • Nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship;
    • Failure to repay unpaid rental debt accrued during the Moratorium under the terms of a payment plan, if the Tenant has nine (9) employees or fewer;
    • Tenants on a holdover or month-to-month lease.
  • Prohibits a landlord from applying a payment to any other rental obligation except the current month’s rent, unless the tenant agrees otherwise.

WHAT IF MY LANDLORD STILL TRIES TO EVICT ME?

The County or State protections, or a combination 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 protections period 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 (800) 593-8222 for more information.

UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN A LANDLORD EVICT A TENANT TO MOVE INTO A PROPERTY UNDER THE COUNTY’S COVID-19 TENANT PROTECTIONS?

As of July 1, 2021, a landlord or a qualifying family member can move into a single-family home, mobilehome space, condominium unit, duplex, or triplex (collectively “units”) if the property was purchased on or before June 30, 2021, and if they meet the following criteria: 

  • The Landlord or Landlords qualifying family member must physically reside at the property for at least thirty-six (36) consecutive months;
  • The Tenants of the unit must be current on rent payments and not have been impacted by COVID-19;
  • The Landlord or Landlords qualifying family member must be similarly situated to the Tenant currently occupying home;
  • The Landlord must provide at least sixty (60) days’ notice to Tenant
  • The Landlord must pay tenant relocation assistance as required by the County’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance or the incorporated city’s applicable ordinance or regulation.

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: 

WE CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Call a Rent Stabilization counselor at (800) 593-8222
Email us: rent@dcba.lacounty.gov

Upcoming webinars

What Other Cities In L.A. County Have Temporary COVID-19 Tenant Protections?

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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”.

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