By Bill Hendrickson
By a vote of 14-0, the Los Angeles City Council passed an emergency measure on October 23 to block landlords from evicting tenants before January 1, when new statewide rent-control rules go into effect.
Under the city’s measure, “no fault” evictions are banned for the rest of 2019, meaning that landlords cannot force a tenant out unless there is just cause, like nonpayment of rent.
The City Council acted in response to a surge in evictions and threats of eviction since October 8, when Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s new rent-control law. By rushing to evict tenants in 2019, landlords were angling to raise the rent on apartments before their buildings become subject to rent control in 2020.
The city’s anti-eviction measure includes an amendment to protect tenants whose evictions were already underway when the state law was passed.
The amendment, proposed by Councilmember Gil Cedillo of Council District 1 in Northeast L.A., disallows those evictions unless the landlord has just cause, as long as the tenants are still in their apartments and haven’t yet had their eviction cases decided in court.
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