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What Renters Can Expect Now That COVID-Era Tenant Protections Have Been Extended Again

Paper reads: "Eviction Notice, Notice to Quit" with a surgical mask resting nearby
Defaulting renter with facemask receives letter giving notice of eviction from home on wooden table
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Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been hard for some folks across Los Angeles to pay rent every month. It may be because they, or a loved one, got sick or they suffered a loss of income. Regardless, life has just felt like more of a struggle.

Renter Protections Get Extended...Again

Back in 2020, the city of L.A. put in place some provisions to protect renters from eviction in case of non payment due to COVID-related distress. L.A. County did, too.

In recent months, city and county officials have wrestled with the decision of when to finally end these protections. After a lot of back and forth, a date was set for Jan. 31. That meant that starting next week, on Feb. 1, tenants would have to pay their full rent on time in order to avoid eviction.

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The expiration would have put an estimated 226,000 households in the region at risk of being forced out of their homes, according to my colleague David Wagner.

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But just one week before the deadline, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors agreed on Tuesday to extend renter protections for an additional two months, keeping safeguards in place through March 31.

In the final vote, three supervisors (Lindsey Horvath, Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn) voted in favor of the two-month extension. Supervisor Kathryn Barger voted against it, and Supervisor Holly Mitchell abstained.

The board has pledged to provide more relief to local landlords, who have protested the continuation of these renter protections.

A lot has happened around this looming deadline. Last Friday, in anticipation of the eviction moratorium going away, the L.A. City Council approved an expansion of tenants rights that could help keep renters under their roofs.

To better understand how we got to this point and what might happen next on this issue, read David’s guide for everything renters need to know. Figuring out the rules tailored to your situation can be convoluted. We at LAist have your back. There's resources included to help you navigate the process should you get a pay-or-quit notice, or if your landlord files for eviction.

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