The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the country. Millions of people have fallen gravely ill, hundreds of thousands have died, and many people have lost their jobs and livelihoods. The public health crisis has created an economic crisis that has not been seen in America for decades. If you have lost your job owing to the pandemic, or even have reduced income or increased expenses, you need not lose your home as well.
The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium, which went into effect on March 4th 2020, placed a countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. Under this ban, tenants may not be evicted for COVID-19-related non-payment of rent. The ban further prohibits evictions for:
The ban also prohibits increases in rent or the imposition of late fees, interest, and other charges for unpaid rent which may have accrued during the moratorium period.
On January 29th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that extends the moratorium period through June 30th, 2021.
It is a difficult time for everyone. However, your landlord should not leverage your current hardship. The moratorium was designed to protect people who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. If you have been given an eviction notice or charged extra money, then you should contact a LA County real estate attorney. A real estate attorney in LA County will be up-to-speed on the latest rules concerning the moratorium.
Dealing with your landlord may be frustrating. However, you should not attempt to resolve the issue on your own. It is better to put the matter into the hands of a LA County temporary eviction attorney.
If you are facing trouble as a tenant, then you should contact a LA County eviction lawyer at the Katje Law Group.