LA City Council Votes to Stop ‘No-Fault’ Evictions Until State Law Takes Effect

Los Angeles City Seal
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance aimed at halting “no-fault” evictions of many rental-unit tenants until Jan. 1, when a new state law takes effect providing similar protections.

Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month signed AB 1482, the Tenant Protections Act of 2019, which is designed to prevent rent gouging and arbitrary evictions. The law, however, does not take effect until the beginning of the year, raising fears that landlords will evict tenants or rapidly increase rents in advance of the law being enacted.

No-fault evictions are defined as tenants being evicted for reasons that are no fault of their own.

The ordinance establishes eviction protection for renters in non-rent-stabilized housing built before 2005.

A companion proposal to limit rent increases until the new year is still being worked on by city staff, according to Rick Coca, a spokesman for Councilmember Nury Martinez. Coca said that measure should be ready by the end of the week.
The ordinance does not apply to people living in nursing homes, nonprofit housing, dormitories at schools or similarly subsidized housing. An earlier statement from O’Farrell’s office suggested it would apply to units built before 2006, but it was passed to apply to units built before 2005.

The state law is to be in effect until 2030, unless voters extend it.

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