Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
COVID-19 RENTER PROTECTIONSPosted on 04/10/20
4-10-20 evening updates:
Per the Ordinance
, the Tenant Notification to Landlord form provided by HCID is meant to assist tenants and landlords work together on a payment plan for delayed rent. Though it's not mandatory to use the HCID form, it is highly recommended that tenants and landlords work together on payment arrangement plan(s).
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Sandra Mendoza, MPA I Public Information Director
Housing + Community Investment Department
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Summary of the protections in place for residential tenancies.
Landlords are required to give written notice of the renter protections to tenants within 30 days of March 31, 2020.
- No owner can evict a residential tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to circumstance related to the COVID-19, such as:
"Tenants are still obligated to pay lawfully charged rent."
- Loss of income due to workplace closure or reduced hours due to COVID-19
- Loss of income or increased child care expenditures due to school closures
- Health care expenditures stemming from COVID-19 infection of the tenant or a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19
- Reasonable expenditures stemming from government ordered emergency measures.
However, during the emergency period, tenants may not be evicted for failure to pay rent due to the financial impacts related to COVID-19. Tenants will have up to 12 months following the expiration of the local emergency to repay any back rent due. On March 30, 2020, the City Council extended the repayment period from 6 to 12 months.
- No property owner shall exercise a No-fault Eviction during the Local Emergency Period. No-Fault evictions means those not based on an alleged fault of the tenant.
- No property owner may withdraw an occupied residential unit from the rental housing market under the Ellis Act.
- Landlords may not evict tenants due to the presence of unauthorized occupants, pets or nuisance related to COVID-19.
- Landlords may not charge interest or late fees on unpaid rent due to COVID-19.