Eviction Moratorium Extended Through September

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Commercial and residential tenants in Los Angeles County who are not able to make rent payments due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will continue to have protection against eviction at least through Sept. 30, following a vote by the board of supervisors on Tuesday, July 21.

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted, 5-0, on Tuesday to extend current protections against evictions through September, citing that, due to the pandemic’s economic upheaval, “it is estimated that over 360,000 tenant households in Los Angeles are in imminent danger of eviction displacement with the lifting of eviction moratoria.”

The moratorium covers residential and commercial tenants across LA County, including Malibu.

In May, Malibu City Council voted to follow county guidance on eviction moratoriums, allowing the city’s emergency freeze on evictions to expire. At the time, council members said they expected county leadership to extend its protections, although council members said they would consider stepping in with a new emergency ordinance should the county begin allowing evictions during the pandemic. 

Joseph Nicchitta, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) for LA County, described additional work being done to help home and business owners, including expanding the foreclosure prevention unit to serve “mom and pop” landlords with 15 or fewer units. The DCBA also launched a foreclosure prevention campaign, Nicchitta said. More information is available at dcba.lacounty.gov.