Los Angeles County 

Please Note: We are updating the information on this page following the extension of the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution by the Board of Supervisors through January 31, 2022.

For the most up-to-date information and connection to services, please sign up to receive notifications or call Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) Rent Counseling Helpline at 833-233-RENT (7368).

What you should know:

The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium set March 4, 2020, through September 30, 2021, has ended.

The Board of Supervisors voted to extend Los Angeles County’s temporary eviction moratorium through January 31, 2022. The updated policy, now renamed the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, continues to defend against eviction for residential and commercial tenants while also expanding the owner move-in provisions.

Los Angeles County no longer has the authority to extend non-payment of rent protection to local residential tenants. The motion extends non-payment of rent protections to commercial tenants and extends limited protections to residential tenants as permitted by law.  

Tenants in California have certain protections from eviction under state law and local regulations in some cities and counties.

Beginning October 1, 2021, the law requires any landlord wanting to evict a tenant for failing to pay rent to apply for rental assistance before proceeding with an eviction lawsuit.

However, depending on your specific circumstances and where you live, you may have other protections from eviction that apply to you. Therefore, if you receive an eviction notice from your landlord, you should speak with a lawyer as quickly as possible to find out what rules apply to your specific situation.

Landlords & Tenant Protections

What you can do: Apply for the State of California Housing is Key Program.

The State of California Housing is Key Rent Relief Program accepts rent relief applications until all funds are exhausted. If you have not applied for rent relief, please do so by clicking the button below. 

Apply for CA Rent Relief 

For more information about the LA County COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, visit dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions.

For any additional questions about landlord/tenant laws and programs in LA County, visit rent.lacounty.gov.

For more information about the Housing is Key rent relief program, visit housingiskey.com.

Legal Assistance 

If you believe you have been unlawfully evicted or if you need legal advice, you should consult with an attorney.

If you need low- or no-cost legal help, visit www.lawhelpca.org and/or Tenant Resources for additional resources or contact Stay Housed L.A.

Stay Housed L.A.is a partnership between Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, and local community and legal service providers. Together, Stay Housed L.A. provides the residents of Los Angeles County, from Lancaster to Long Beach, with information and resources to keep people in their homes. Learn more.

Stay Housed LA Referral Form: www.stayhousedla.org/referral/

Renter Protections - City of Los Angeles 

In the City of Los Angeles, tenants cannot be evicted before the expiration of the City's Emergency Declaration. The City's Emergency Declaration is still in effect and will continue to be effective until further notice. The City of Los Angeles ordinance protects tenants that have unpaid rent due to COVID-19 until August 1, 2022.

The Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) offers assistance to both landlords and renters regarding these new orders. Click here to visit the HCIDLA  information about COVID-19 Renter Protections

For additional resource information, connection to food resources, shelters, healthcare, utility assistance, or need help and don't know where to begin, dial 2-1-1 to get started. Services available 24/7 - Free - Confidential. 

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Los Angeles County Mediation Assistance Helpline – Toll-Free number 833-972-0999

  • Los Angeles County and partner agencies are available to answer your questions regarding the expiration of the eviction moratorium.

  • Callers will be offered resource referral services and/or mediation information. 

  • Information is offered in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, and Armenian.

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State of California Eviction Protection Information

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief is still available. It covers 100% of rent and utilities. There is no deadline, but renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 who need help with rent should apply immediately, before funding runs out.

Eligible renters continue to have special eviction protections under state law starting October 1 through the end of March 2022.

Applying for rental assistance through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program can stop an eviction.

 

Please see below for frequently asked questions.

Can I still apply for rent relief?

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Yes! The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is still accepting applications for eligible renters and landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need help with unpaid rent.

Landlords are encouraged to work with their renters to apply for the program and get reimbursed for 100% of unpaid rent dating back as far as April 1, 2020.

The program is free and does not currently have a deadline, but because funding will run out, renters are encouraged to apply as soon as possible if they know they may struggle to cover past or prospective rent and utilities.

California eviction protections change October 1, 2021. What happens now?

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Renters continue to have special protections under state law, and rental assistance through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is still available.

If you have unpaid rent or are struggling to pay rent that will be due starting October 1, apply at housingiskey.com as soon as possible. Do not delay!

Communicate with your landlord immediately if you intend to apply for rent relief or have applied. If you receive any eviction papers (documents that contain words like “summons” or “complaint” or “unlawful detainer”), you should immediately seek legal assistance. In many cases, responding to eviction papers within five (5) days can help delay or prevent your eviction.

As of October 1, 2021, if you are still in financial distress, and receive a notice to "pay or quit" (a notice from your landlord that gives you a certain amount of time to pay the outstanding rent you owe or vacate your home) for unpaid rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, protections are available:

  • If the notice is for rent that came due between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, give your landlord a signed declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress within 15 business days of receiving a notice to "pay or quit."
  • In all cases, your landlord MUST apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program before they can proceed with an eviction lawsuit against you.
  • If you apply to the rent relief program within 15 business days of receiving the “pay or quit” notice, or within 15 business days of receiving a notice from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program that your landlord has started an application on your behalf, you can stop an eviction while your application is processed.

I have received an eviction notice, what steps can I take?

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To delay or prevent eviction, the renter should apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program within 15 business days from the time they are notified by the program that their landlord has started an application.

  • If the renter and landlord have both timely submitted a completed application with correct information and all required paperwork, both parties will be notified that the applications are complete, and the courts will not issue a summons until the program makes a determination on the application.
  • If the renter does not submit a completed application within 15 business days of notice from the program, then the court may proceed with the eviction lawsuit.
  • If the renter is deemed ineligible, their application will be denied and the court will be able to proceed with the eviction lawsuit against them.

I am not able to pay my rent, what can I do to be protected from eviction?

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Apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.

 

Apply Here

Do you need low- or no-cost legal help?

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Law Help CA is California’s official and free legal resource that provides reliable information about common legal issues. If you believe you have been unlawfully evicted or if you need legal advice, you should consult with an attorney. If you need low- or no-cost legal help, visit www.lawhelpca.org.

I am behind on my rent, what can I do?

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CA COVID-19 Rent Relief is still available!

If you are behind on your rent, please apply with the State of California’s Housing is Key program immediately. 

It covers 100% of rent and utilities. There is no deadline, but renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 who need help with rent should apply immediately, before funding runs out.

Eligible renters continue to have special eviction protections under state law starting October 1 through the end of March 2022.

Applying for rental assistance through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program can stop an eviction. Please review the FAQ below or visit housing.ca.gov for more information. 

To Apply, click here.

 

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