At the urging of CAA, the city of Los Angeles is examining whether it should extricate the eviction moratorium and rent freeze from its ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency. 

The City Council on Dec. 7 voted to review all emergency orders and ordinances tied to the repeated ratification of its pandemic-related state of emergency. The city administrator will return with a report in 30 days.  

“This report is long overdue,” said Fred Sutton, CAA’s senior vice president of local public affairs. “It is the first step toward discussing and lifting the rent freeze and local moratorium. CAA has long held that housing items should be decoupled and lifted from the broader declaration of emergency.”  

You can read CAA’s letter to City Council HERE! 

The city’s strict freeze on rent increases and eviction moratorium are indefinitely tied to this emergency declaration. The declaration, intended to streamline emergency management functions and funding, has been in place now for a year and a half.  

Councilmen John Lee and Joe Buscaino have objected to continuing the declaration of emergency until the council considers the report. The association will work to ensure the report is produced in a timely fashion and will continue to call for the immediate lifting of the rent freeze and local eviction moratorium.  

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