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City Extends Temporary Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratoriums Related to Financial Impact Due to COVID-19

Post Date:May 06, 2020 10:16 AM

Generic Update - COVID19 (Square)The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus crisis and Los Angeles County Safer At Home Orders. The City Council of the City of West Hollywood, at its regular meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020, approved an amendment to extend the timelines of its Residential Eviction Moratorium and Commercial Eviction Moratorium through Friday, July 31, 2020. (The previously approved timelines would have ended the moratoriums on Sunday, May 31, 2020.) The timeline remains subject to amendment and extension by the City Council.

In order to provide clear, concise information to renters facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the coronavirus crisis the City has produced two informational resources on the eviction moratoriums — each of these guides is currently being edited to reflect the new July 31 extension:

The City has also developed printed versions of these guides, which have been mailed to residential and commercial recipients, and will begin arriving in mailboxes this week.

“These are strange economic times. If you can afford to pay your rent you should. If you cannot afford to pay your rent, these moratoriums protect tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent due to financial impact and demonstrated loss of income due to the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “As the City continues to introduce programs to assist the community in coming through this pandemic, I encourage all renters and landlords to familiarize themselves with the moratorium information provided and reach out to City Hall staff with any questions.”

The City of West Hollywood approved a Residential Eviction Moratorium on Monday, March 16, 2020. The City amended that Moratorium and approved a Commercial Eviction Moratorium on April 6, 2020. The moratoriums apply to nonpayment eviction notices served or filed on or after March 16, 2020 and now will remain in effect through Friday, July 31, 2020.

The City regularly updates itsRenters Resources and Small Business Resources as part of coronavirus information available on the City’s website at www.weho.org/coronavirus. At this webpage, community members can find up-to-date details about relief available during the coronavirus crisis on a variety of topics.

In addition, the City has produced two webinars with helpful information about each eviction moratorium. These webinar recordings can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5t3CTQP1K8 (Residential Eviction Moratorium) and athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r4vRWdei6k (Commercial Eviction Moratorium). This is part of regular programming on the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv and broadcast on Channel 10 on Spectrum in West Hollywood and on Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse throughout Southern California.

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Homeorders, which remain in effect until May 15, 2020. The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, 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.

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For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications atwww.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and news archive at www.weho.org/news. To receive urgent updates to your phone by text and to your email, text your ZIP code to 888-777.

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:

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 media@ph.lacounty.gov.

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 orslunn@weho.org.

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