City of West Hollywood Update: Eviction Moratorium for Renters in Hardship Due to Coronavirus Emergency
The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and Safer at Home Los Angeles County Order. The City of West Hollywood approved an Urgency Ordinance on Monday, March 16 that protects renters with a temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent during the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Ordinance applies to nonpayment eviction notices served or filed on or after March 16, 2020 and remains in effect for 60 days, unless extended. There will be no evictions for lack of rent if due to COVID-19 financial impact.
A link to complete information is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/coronavirus by clicking Renter Resources. Additional details about housing information and resources are available at www.weho.org/rent and questions about rental assistance may be directed to the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510.
The following is what affected tenants must do to be covered under the Ordinance:
- Notify landlords in writing within 30 days of the rental due date of inability to pay rent. Notification "in writing" includes email or text communications to a landlord or the landlord's representative with whom the tenant has previously corresponded by email or text. Any medical or financial information provided to the landlord shall be held in confidence, and only used for evaluating the tenant's claim.
- State the ways in which they have been financially impacted, this can include:
- Caring for myself or family member who is sick with COVID-19
- Lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer impacts of COVID-19
- Compliance with a recommendation from a government health authority to stay home, self- quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency
- Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19
- Provide documentation, which can include:
- COVID-19 positive test result documentation
- Letter, email, or texts related to lay-off, loss of hours or other income reduction
- Health authority communication about recommendation to stay home, self-quarantine, etc.
- Medical bills
- Receipts/invoices of child-care costs
The following is information for landlords about affected tenants covered under the Ordinance:
Landlords are not allowed to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates inability to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. A landlord who has been notified of lost income and inability to pay full rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19 — and has been provided with documentation in writing within 30 days after the date that rent is due seek to evict for nonpayment of rent. A template of a letter for tenants to notify residents is available at: https://www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44086
The Ordinance does not relieve the tenant from eventually paying the rent; rent will be due within six months after the expiration of the local emergency. The landlord may not charge a late fee on the rent. The ordinance is intended to be narrow and no other legal remedies available to the landlord are affected.
The following community organizations assist community members with housing resources in the City of West Hollywood:
Limited Rental Assistance
- Aid for AIDS (Alliance for Housing & Healing) (323) 656-1107
- Provides financial assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS to pay for rent, utilities and pharmaceuticals. The Alliance for Housing and Healing Aging in Place Program provides supplemental rental assistance to all older adults residing in the City of West Hollywood who are experiencing a rent burden.
- National Council of Jewish Women (323) 852-7036
- Provides non-sectarian and non-gender-specific rental assistance to West Hollywood residents. Leave a message and your call will be returned.
Free or Low-Cost Legal Resources
- Bet Tzedek Legal Services Legal Services | (323) 549-5841 | www.bettzedek.org
- Legal Aid including representation in evictions court. Call for an appointment.
- Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)
- For legal support, please e-mail contactCES@earthlink.net. In the email provide your name, phone number, address, whether your unit is rent stabilized or not, and a short summary of the issue. A representative will call you. Weekly Tenant Rights Clinics in Plummer Park are closed until further notice
- Eviction Defense Network | (213) 385-8112 | www.evictiondefensenetwork.org
- Representation for LA County tenants facing eviction as long as they seek assistance at least one week before the trial. Fees are based on a sliding scale, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
- Los Angeles County Bar Association — Lawyer Referral and Info Service (213) 243-1525 | www.lacba.org
- This referral service is a nonprofit public service that allows members of the public to find a qualified attorney and get general information about common legal issues. There is no cost to access information through the service and there is no fee to get a referral to an attorney.
- Disability Rights California | (800) 776-5746 | http://www.disabilityrightsca.org
- Advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.
- Housing Rights Center | (800) 477-5977 | http://www.hrc-la.org
- Their mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education, advocacy and litigation, to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford without discrimination.
The City of West Hollywood continues to urge community members to follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which went into effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued concurrently with orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom calling upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:
- Spectrum Channel 10 (in West Hollywood)
- AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (in Southern California)
- SmartTV Apps: AndroidTV; AppleTV; FireTV; and Roku
For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or email@example.com.