Eviction is the name of a legal process that happens through the courts. This is a process that landlords use to remove a tenant from the home they are renting. I do not handle eviction cases but some of the people I represent are tenants renting their homes, some have been impacted by COVID-19, and some of my clients are currently experiencing homelessness. When people are evicted and/or cannot afford housing they face several profound challenges. Some of these challenges arise when laws intersect, or meet up like two different streets meeting to form a crossroad. In Los Angeles two laws are intersecting to create a crossroad that may be difficult to navigate. Los Angeles Municipal Code 41.18 starts and California AB 832 stops in September 2021.
LA Municipal Code 41.18
On July 28, 2021 the City of Los Angeles’ Municipal Code Section 41.18 was changed to prohibit specific types of “encampments” in the city. According to a detailed article published in the Los Angeles Times,
“The ordinance prohibits sitting, sleeping or storing items on public property near “sensitive” uses — libraries, parks, daycare centers and schools. But it also states that enforcement in any of those locations would not occur until the City Council has reviewed each location and voted to give the go-ahead.” (Zahniser, David and Oreskes, Benjamin. 2021, August 2. “L.A.’s new homeless encampment law: A humane approach or cruel to unhoused people?” Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/
california/story/2021-08-02/ los-angeles-new-homeless-anti- camping-law-humane-cruel )
And California Assembly Bill 832
This new law goes into effect just weeks before the September 30, 2021 end of California’s COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 832). According to the California Court website:
“On June 28, 2021, the Governor signed a bill that extends the protections in AB 3088 and SB 91 through September 30, 2021 and includes some additional protections.” (https://www.courts.ca.gov/
44660.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en, viewed September 16, 2021).
(Please see California Court Eviction Flowchart and my brief Relevant Law Clips video for basic eviction information. Disclaimer this is not legal advice.)
The crossroads created by the start of the new LA Municipal Code 41.18 and the stop of California AB 832 may be difficult for people in LA who do not have enough money to pay for housing. It is important that renters who may be facing eviction and/or homelessness contact a lawyer. In Los Angeles a powerful resource was created to connect renters with free legal services called Stay Housed LA. The phone number for Stay Housed LA is (888) 694-0040 and the website is https://www.stayhousedla.org/
What I know for certain is that poverty can be life threatening and hard to navigate alone.