LA County Adopts 60-Day Extension of Moratoriums
Association Efforts Helped Lead to Moratoriums Being Reduced from Proposed Six-Months!
On January 24th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted, by a vote of 3-1, with Supervisor Barger voting in opposition and Supervisor Mitchell abstaining, an extension of the existing Countywide eviction moratorium and the rent increase freeze applicable to rent stabilized units in the County’s unincorporated areas, for an additional 60-days through March 31, 2023. Prior to yesterday’s Board action, the moratoriums were scheduled to end on January 31, 2023 with some exceptions. Additionally, the Board directed County staff to identify and report back on potential funding sources to increase rental assistance from $5 million to $45 million.
At the meeting, which lasted over 7-hours, the Board heard from the Association and an army of frustrated property owners that echoed the immense struggles and hardships caused by the moratoriums on the County’s rental housing providers as well as denouncing another extension snuck through at the last minute. How are property owners expected to trust the Board has any empathy for their struggles when as soon as a sign of relief is in sight, it is pushed out once again?
Along with our public comment in person, the Association submitted a letter prior to the meeting, emphasizing the lack of justification for yet another extension of these so called “temporary” emergency measures days before their planned expiration and the confusion that it would undoubtedly create. It is time that the Board stop moving the goal line at the property owner’s expense and allow these moratoriums to expire.
Thankfully due to our continued, robust advocacy efforts, the moratorium extension was limited to 60-days from the original 6-month proposal.
The Association will continue to monitor this issue, advocate for our members interests, and provide updates on any new actions from the Board of Supervisors.
*The final resolution is not currently available. We will provide any updates to members as needed once it is released.
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