Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors passed her motion directing County Departments to expand tenant protections during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to prevent widespread homelessness:

“We are facing a public health crisis that is upending the lives of hard-working families, many of whom live from paycheck-to-paycheck. This unprecedented global pandemic requires unprecedented actions to protect vulnerable tenants. I am committed to advocating on behalf of our rent-burdened households that face the threat of losing their homes due to suffering a layoff or loss of wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors approved my motion to strengthen the County’s eviction moratorium by expanding it beyond unincorporated communities to all cities in Los Angeles County, with exceptions for municipalities that have their own moratoriums in place.

“Today, we have further expanded those protections to help devastated families who were already on the edge of economic hardship before the COVID-19 pandemic and who are struggling to put food on the table while paying their monthly rent. My motion today will ensure that the County’s eviction moratorium will include individuals who live in mobile home communities, many of whom are older adults on fixed incomes, and it will prohibit landlords from imposing rent hikes to families in rental units and mobile home communities that are currently subject to rent stabilization in unincorporated areas of LA County. In addition, tenants affected by COVID-19 will have up to 12 months to payback rent, and renters will have more protections as my Board motion prohibits landlords from harassing or intimidating tenants who are financially struggling due to our public health crisis.

“I will not stop until our hard-working families are given the relief they need from this economic downturn we are all weathering. Without the County’s intervention during this crisis, we could see the number of unhoused individuals in LA County skyrocket due to evictions. The actions taken today will protect our most vulnerable, rent-burdened households who are already on the brink of homelessness.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov or 213-359-0795