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Who LA's COVID-19 Eviction Ban Covers -- And Doesn't

Dieu Pham, with white hair and pink and white striped shirt, holds a sign that reads: "We want to stay" she is flanked by younger women.
Dieu Pham, 70, takes part in an anti-eviction protest outside her apartment building on 920 Everett Street in August. (Josie Huang/LAist)
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Getting evicted during a pandemic means having to find a new place -- then moving -- at a time when California is under a stay-at-home order.

That has housing advocates in Los Angeles and some city officials calling for broad eviction protections for everybody.

The way the city's eviction moratorium is written now, just those tenants affected by COVID-19, including financially, would see removal actions stalled. Tenants seeking eviction protection would have to produce documentation such as medical bills or job termination notices.

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The uncertainty tenants are facing now is playing out at 920 Everett Street on the edge of Chinatown and Echo Park. Some readers may remember this is where Dieu Pham, a 70-year-old grandmother from Vietnam lives.

When her ex-landlord threatened Pham and the other tenants with eviction last year, they went to look for him in Brentwood and held a protest outside his home in a residential neighborhood.

That eviction didn't happen, and the landlord sold the apartment complex to a new owner -- who is now threatening tenants with eviction once again so that the landlord can start a major renovation.