LA City Council votes against broader eviction ban, establishes renters’ relief fund

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The LA City Council recently approved a relief fund for renters in LA Photo by Amy Ta.

Rent is due May 1, and as Angelenos face rising economic hardships due to COVID-19, LA’s City Council has taken up the issue of tenant protections. 

But some proposed measures failed, including a motion that would have suspended all evictions in Los Angeles. The City Attorney’s office argued that this motion would open the city to costly court battles, due to a conflict with state laws. 

An eviction moratorium has been in place, which requires renters to prove they’ve been impacted by COVID-19. 

Some measures passed, including a relief fund for renters, and a freeze on rent increases for rent-stabilized units.