Your Home, Your Rights
Los Angeles County’s diverse neighborhoods and cities have created a rich and unique cultural fabric we all call home. Yet, the home we know is at risk.
The COVID-19 pandemic has cost people their jobs and livelihoods. This has left in an estimated one-third of households not being able to make rent and facing losing their homes.
This is a fear no one in our community should have to face. You have rights though, and Stay Housed L.A. County is here to help.
What Can I Do To Stay Housed?
Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between the Los Angeles County and local community and legal service providers. Together, we provide the residents of Los Angeles County, from Lancaster to Long Beach, with information and resources to keep people in their homes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You have rights under state, county, or city laws, as well as under an order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under California state law and the CDC order, landlords are generally prohibited from evicting any tenant for not paying rent due to COVID-19-related financial distress or without a valid reason. To be protected against eviction, you must submit a declaration stating you cannot pay rent because of COVID-19 related loss of income or increased expenses, among other requirements. To find out more about how these laws work and about other tenant protections in your area, click here.
Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between community organizations, legal service providers, and the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. We provide Los Angeles County renters information about their rights as tenants and legal assistance to eligible tenants to help prevent evictions and keep people in their homes. For more information about your rights and to be connected with a local community organization, click here.
Temporary emergency protections have been passed by the State of California, as well as the County of Los Angeles and many of the 88 cities across the County. Your protections will vary based on where you live.
If you’ve lost income or have increased expenses because of COVID-19, and you can’t pay rent, you can defer payment. If you cannot pay your rent, you should tell your landlord in writing either before rent is due each month, or within 7 days after the due date. We recommend you use the SB91 Declaration to get the protection under both laws. Even if it’s not required by your area’s tenant protection laws, we recommend all communication with your landlord be in writing.
You don’t have to give your landlord proof of decreased income or increased expenses, but you might want to do so anyway. It may make your landlord less likely to harass you. Evidence also makes your defense in court easier if your landlord tries to evict you. If you do not provide proof to your landlord, you should still collect and keep copies of any proof you may have. To find out more about emergency tenant protections in your area, click here.
*Note that rent is not cancelled, and any unpaid rent will need to be repaid. Additional details about repayment of unpaid rent and rental assistance through SB91 can be found here.
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