WeHo spreads the word on extended protections for residential tenants

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The Los Angeles County extension of residential tenant protections will apply to residential tenants in West Hollywood until January 31, 2022.

The City of West Hollywood reports that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, took action to expand tenant protection due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for residential tenants through ” as of January 31, 2022.

The LA County action extends protections to residential tenants in West Hollywood by suing the residential moratorium for:

No-fault evictions (with new limited exceptions for owner / parent accommodation);

Evictions based on nuisance or for unauthorized occupants or pets whose presence is necessary or related to the COVID-19 emergency; and

Evictions based on refusals of entry, except to remedy a dangerous situation or prevent significant damage to the unit.

In addition to the limited allowance given to the landlord / parents to move into an accommodation, an eviction may be allowed where a tenant‘s occupation poses a threat to public health and safety, as determined by a court.

While expanding the range of properties available for relative owner / occupant evictions, the LA County Extension retains protections currently in place that are unrelated to non-payment due to the financial impacts of COVID- 19.

Under state law, neither LA County nor the City of West Hollywood has the authority to extend rental default protection to residential tenants. This authority rests with the state government, and there is no indication that an extension of the moratorium for non-payment of rent is imminent. Residential tenants who fell behind on their rent during the pandemic or who continue to struggle to pay their rent may be eligible for non-payment of rent protection provided they apply for the rent relief program of the state, housing is the key.

Under the state rent relief program, a landlord is eligible for 100% of the outstanding rental debt of eligible households accumulated after April 1, 2020. The expanded program also includes financial assistance for rent payments potential for eligible households. To receive payment, the landlord must waive the right to evict an eligible tenant based on COVID-19 rental debt. Additionally, homeowners and residential tenants who have previously participated in the program may still be eligible to recover any remaining unpaid rent.

In addition, between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, courts will only allow an eviction case based on non-payment of rent for COVID-19 reasons if the landlord has attempted to obtain an eviction. rent assistance to cover the unpaid amount and the application has been refused or more than 20 days have passed without any indication that the tenant will cooperate with the application process.

Information regarding the Housing is Key Rent Relief Program and links to landlord and tenant applications can be found at Housing.ca.gov.


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