Eviction moratorium: LA City votes to end COVID renter eviction protection

Eviction moratorium: LA City votes to end COVID renter eviction protection
The moratorium will end Jan. 31, 2023. Tenants who have missed payments since March 2020 would have to meet two re-payment deadlines.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to end the eviction moratorium that was placed during the COVID-19 pandemic to help renters.

The council voted 12-0 to approve a package of recommendations from a council committee, following a spirited public comment session that featured both tenants advocating for continued protections and mom-and-pop landlords pleading for the restrictions to end.

The moratorium will end Jan. 31, 2023. Tenants who have missed payments since March 2020 would have to meet two re-payment deadlines. Under state law, they would have until Aug. 1, 2023, to pay back missed rent between March 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. Under the city’s moratorium, tenants would have until Feb. 1, 2024, to re-pay rent accumulated from Oct. 1, 2021 to Feb. 1, 2023.

Landlords would be able to resume increasing rent on rent-controlled apartments, which account for three-quarters of apartments in Los Angeles, beginning in February 2024.

The city would provide relocation assistance for all evictions deemed no-fault evictions and protections against no-fault evictions for unauthorized pets for an additional year.

Another recommendation from the committee would implement universal just cause rules, requiring specific reasons for landlords to evict tenants in all units, not just those under rent control.

Rent controlled housing accounts for three-quarters of apartments in Los Angeles.

Council President Nury Martinez called the vote a compromise that “preserves the livelihood of our renters while still transitioning from COVID- era protections to permanent tenant protections.”

“We cannot let this burden fall on either side, whether it’s the tenants or the mom-and-pop landlords,” Martinez said. “This policy that was put into place two years ago was intended solely to keep people housed and keep them off the streets. Now it is time that we not only keep people off the streets, but we also protect people’s housing and preserve their financial well- being.”

For the past few months, council members have grappled with those two sides. Housing groups believe ending the moratorium will place thousands of families impacted by the pandemic into limbo, while landlords claim current conditions are different from those at the onset of the pandemic and renters should no longer be able to use COVID-19 hardship as a reason to eschew paying rent.

The council voted to explore initiating universal just-cause rules, which would require specific reasons for landlords to evict tenants in all units, not just those under rent control. It also supported providing relocation assistance for all evictions deemed no-fault evictions.

Tenants also cannot be subjected to a no-fault eviction for unauthorized pets until Jan. 31, 2024. Other renter protection plans were noted as “report backs,” with several council members urging the city to enact those protections before the moratorium expires next year.

– Fox LA news

Desiree Estrada – Los Angeles Realtor

Top 10 Things to Do in LA

Top 10 Things to Do in Los Angeles




No matter how short your trip to LA may be, a trip to the Griffith Observatory is non-negotiable for anyone new to the city. This scenic viewpoint is a high point in the Hollywood Hills where you can see a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walking around the park is free, but you’ll have to pay a small fee to go inside the planetarium. This spot is a perfect photo op of the city and the famous Hollywood sign!


Santa Monica is definitely a favorite of tourists and local alike. Santa Monica beach is the quintessential Los Angeles destination. You can have a typical tourist experience by exploring the Santa Monica Pier or enjoy a peaceful bike ride on the beach’s bike path. Santa Monica also offers amazing shopping and incredible restaurants, so you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day!


I know, I know…LA is well-known for superficial people and celebrity sightings, but it’s also home to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. LA natives are surprisingly outdoorsy, and going hiking is such an LA thing to do. Runyon Canyon is the most popular hike in the city, but I’m partial to hikes in Malibu.



LA is totally a foodie town. There’s an endless amount of gourmet restaurants, and you can basically find any type of cuisine at any time of the day. I recommend trying anything and everything that strikes your fancy, but I’ve got to give a shout out to In-N-Out for burgers (get the Animal Style), Diddy Riese for ice cream sandwiches, and Urth Cafe for celebrity sightings.



If it’s your first trip to LA, you’ve got to take a picture with the Hollywood sign. It’s an international landmark, and it’s basically a non-negotiable part of your vacation. For a beautiful view of the city AND the sign, head to the Griffith Observatory or the Hollywood restaurant Yamashiro. If you want to get a close-up shot of the Hollywood sign, drive up Beachwood Drive.



The California beaches are some of the best in the entire world. Santa Monica is great for bike rides and beach walks. One of my favorites: Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach. You have to pay to park at this beach, but the view is worth every penny! Laguna Beach is another favorite!


Los Angeles has a staggering amount of professional actors as residents, so you might as well enjoy the local talent! Check out a play at the Geffen Playhouse or an improv show at UCB (crazy celebrity sightings), iO West, or the Groundlings! There are tons of great concert venues for live music too!


If you’ve ever seen a movie set in Los Angeles, there’s a 99.9% chance that there was a scene of someone walking down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills is a charming – and very expensive – part of LA, and it’s a fun place to spend the afternoon. While you may not be able to afford to actually buy anything, it’s always fun to go window shopping at the fancy stores on Rodeo Drive. I also love driving around the local neighborhoods to see the extravagant mansions! Hint: the higher the house’s bushes/plants, the bigger the celebrity.



Los Angeles is great, but there are so many amazing places nearby. It’s definitely worth the time to drive about an hour to check out Orange County. The beaches are insanely beautiful, and there are all sorts of fun things to do. Check out Laguna Beach and Newport Beach for scenic views and stop by Fashion Island in Newport for amazing shopping. If you want to check out local stores/restaurants, head to Bear Flag Fish Company in Newport for the best fish tacos IN THE WORLD and Balboa Island for a world famous frozen banana!



Southern California is so much more than the LA city scene. Take a few hours to drive up the coast in either direction, and you’re guaranteed to see some of the world’s most beautiful coastline on the Pacific Coast Highway!

You really can’t go wrong with a trip to LA. Be prepared to see a lot of beautiful people, a staggering amount of foods topped with avocado, and insane traffic. Tip: Avoid driving Weekdays 8am-10am, 4-7Pm.

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