Councilmember, Ninth District
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 22 to enact an emergency ordinance that would prohibit “no-fault” evictions citywide before Assembly Bill 1482 takes effect in January.
The local ban, which is expected to go into effect on Oct. 23, is in response to a surge in eviction notices and tenants’ complaints due to landlords gouging rent in anticipation of the new State law. AB 1482 restricts raising rents by more than 5 percent plus inflation, and requires landlords to demonstrate just cause before evicting tenants, but not prior to Jan. 1.
Councilman Curren Price co-authored the motion calling for tenant protections. Following an outcry from city leaders and renters, the City Attorney’s Office transmitted the ordinance in less than a week.In addition, Councilman Price supports providing emergency rental assistance and is looking into a homelessness prevention program.
Councilmember Price issued the following statement after the unanimous vote:
“We are living in turbulent times where it has become increasingly challenging for Angelenos to keep a roof over their heads. People at the mercy of some unscrupulous landlords who have been taking advantage of their desperate situations. Stories are flooding in of individuals having to resort to living in substandard conditions. Residents who are one step away from homelessness. Today’s action prevents further hemorrhaging of our current housing crisis by giving the power back to the people of the City of Los Angeles.”