LA Launches $10M Fund To Help Tenants Fighting Eviction – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council unanimously decided Tuesday to launch a $ 10 million defense fund for tenants who need to evict due to the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Housing and Municipal Investment Department is tasked with putting together the program.

Residential tenants and attorneys participate in a protest to cancel rent and avoid evictions during the coronavirus pandemic on August 21, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

The vote came following a bill signed Monday by the California government, Gavin Newsom, extending the statewide eviction moratorium through January 31, 2020.

Under the new law, landlords are not allowed to vacate tenants who have not paid their rent between March 1st and August 31st. It also prohibits evictions for tenants affected by the virus who pay at least 25% of their rent between September 1 and January 31.

The prosecution is analyzing how the bill will affect L.A.'s own evacuation protection. In March, the city of LA announced that it would stop evictions during the corona virus. Renters have up to 12 months to repay rent once the pandemic ends.

In April, the city council decided to push a plan to freeze rent increases for a period of about a year for older apartments protected by the city's rent stabilization ordinance.

Meanwhile, the LA district regulator on Tuesday extended an eviction moratorium through October 31. The district's moratorium sets the minimum standard for cities across the district.

California courts were expected to accept eviction requests starting Tuesday. Rich Coca, a spokesman for LA City Council President Nury Martinez, said landlords could continue to petition even though city law prevents action from being taken until at least the end of September.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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