There is currently no rent freeze or moratorium on rent in California. So if you can’t pay, some action is likely required on your part.
Partial payment of rent does not prevent you from being evicted unless you get a written agreement from your landlord or property manager.
State and local eviction moratoriums do not prevent rent from being due. You still owe the entire month’s rent.
Will I get evicted?
In the city of Los Angeles, renters who cannot pay their rent because of economic hardship or because their health has been affected by the coronavirus are not allowed to be evicted. If a family has needed to move in due to the virus and therefore, this increases the number of people living under a roof permitted under their lease – they are protected.
Furthermore, Los Angeles renters have up to a year after the city’s emergency order expires to pay back rent. Also, all late fees for nonpayment will be waived.
What happens if my landlord tries to evict me anyway?
As a Los Angeles renter, you will need to contact the city’s housing agency for help with the matter. Many government programs are providing some protections for tenants against getting evicted right now, but in the end – back rent must be paid in full after the expiration of the emergency order. You must be able to prove you are enduring hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak.
If you can’t pay rent due to coronavirus-related circumstances, here’s what you should do:
- Put your case in writing: Declare, in writing, the reason you cannot pay your rent. The advocacy group Tenants Together created this sample letter you can use.
- Provide specific documentation: Include documents that show your income has been impacted by the pandemic and resulting shelter-in-place orders. That could be a letter or text from your employer detailing a reduction in work hours, pay stubs showing a decrease in wages or some documentation demonstrating a loss of available work opportunity — like decreases in Lyft rides or Postmates deliveries.
- Submit documents to your landlord or property manager: Ideally, you’d do this before rent is due. So make sure you get it in as soon as possible and no more than seven days after it’s due.
- Keep a copy of all documentation for your records:If your landlord decides to pursue the eviction, or take you to small claims court, you’ll need these documents. Store them somewhere safe!
- Reach out to a lawyer or advocate: To get ahead of any potential court proceeding, reach out to an attorney or legal aid office ahead of time.
In the Valley, your local Legal Aid clinic is
Address: 13327 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331 Phone: (800) 433-6251
How do local and statewide eviction moratoriums work?
The statewide eviction moratorium that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week does not prevent new evictions from being filed. Rather, it extends the amount of time a tenant has to respond to an eviction notice — from five days to 60 days — and only under certain conditions.
To qualify for that extension, you must provide documentation that proves you were unable to pay rent because of a coronavirus-related reason.
- If you’re sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
- If you’re caring for someone who’s sick, or is suspected to have COVID-19.
- If you have lost wages or had to miss work due to the statewide shelter-in-place order.
- If you have had to miss work to care for a child who is no longer in school or daycare.
The moratorium does not impact evictions resulting from owner move-ins, which are still upheld under the Ellis Act, or any breach of lease not related to rent payments.
Read more here ♥♥♥☻ https://abc7.com/first-of-the-month-los-angeles-angelenos-coronavirus/6068449/ and here ☺☻♥♦♣♠• https://www.kqed.org/news/11809833/stressed-about-paying-your-april-rent-check-here-first