A statewide freeze is in place on residential and commercial evictions thought July 28, 2020. By order of the Judicial Council which controls the Courts in California is currently paused until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency, unless court finds that the action is required to further the public health and safety.
Tenants may contact their local government to see if there are any available rental assistance resources. Tenants and landlords are encouraged to work out a payment plan during and after the moratorium.
Landlords cannot discriminate against a third-party covering a tenant's rent by making rental assistance payments.
They may be served as a formality but cannot ask the tenant to leave or evict them. However, the eviction process will generally not start until 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted.
The moratorium protects a tenant by prohibiting evictions for nonpayment of rent due to Covid-19 related reasons, No-fault reasons under the county code; and COvid-19 related violations due to unauthorized occupants, pets or nuisance.
The moratorium prohibits imposing new pass-troughs or charging late fees, interest, and any related charges for unpaid rent accrued during the moratorium period.
No, this moratorium is not a waiver of rent. Tenants are not relieved of the liability for the unpaid rent after the expiration of the moratorium.
Tenants are responsible to provide notice to their landlord if they are unable to pay rent. Landlords must also accept a tenant's self-certification as a valid form of notice. Tenants must notify their landlord, through a self-certification, within 7 days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exists. Tenants are encouraged to deliver notice to their landlord in writing. If they are able to do so, tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the moratorium.
If your city has its own moratorium, the County's rules do not apply. Please visit rent.lacounty.gov for a list of moratoria in Los Angeles County.
Owner statements are issued via email or regular mail depending on owners preference on a monthly basis. A year end statement to take to your tax preparer is also issued at the end of the year with your 1099 for your collected rents.
Commercial tenants have up to three months following the expiration of the local state of emergency to repay any owed rent.