Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Understanding Los Angeles' Post-Covid-19 Lockdown Tenants Rights

Many Los Angeles tenants have been blindsided by the County's decision to lift Covid-19-related moratoriums on evictions and rent increases. 

Los Angeles renters have rights to notice before entry, termination, rent increase, and habitable housing. During the COVID-19 emergency, renters cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent if they are affected by the pandemic, but they still owe the rent and have 12 months to repay it. Renters can also seek help from lawyers and Tenants' Rights organizations which specialize in protecting tenants from predatory landlords.

Here are some common landlord-tenant laws in Los Angeles that you might find helpful:

  • Tenants have a right to clean, habitable homes. 
  • Tenants have a right to privacy. Landlords must give tenants reasonable notice before entering their homes.
  • Tenants have a right to be free from discrimination.
  • Tenants have a right to a safe home free from harassment.
  • Tenants have a right to not more than a 5-10% rent increase per annum, depending on the city or town in which the tenant resides.

If you're having an issue with your landlord, contact Desiree T. Washington, Los Angeles Real Estate Lawyer at Washington Law Firm for a free consultation. Located in Torrance, attorney Desiree T. Washington assists people with evictions, unlawful detainer and landlord tenant matters throughout California. Areas served include Marina Del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Hawthorne, Gardena, Long Beach, San Pedro, Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes, Wilmington, and Los Angeles. 

Call today for a free consultation.

If you cannot afford an attorney, contact the following organization:

Public Counsel