Starting Feb. 1, Los Angeles renters owe, in full, any unpaid rent between Oct. 1, 2021, and January 31, 2023, ending a pandemic-era policy.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Mayor Karen Bass assured Angelenos there are abundant resources to help renters in arrears.
“We must do all that we can to prevent people from falling into homelessness in the first place,” she said.
“Together with locked arms, we will continue our work to provide resources for the people of Los Angeles.”
According to the statement on the city’s website, for renters who may lose their rental now if they don’t pay back what’s owed, the Los Angeles Housing Department can help direct them to city resources, such as StayHoused LA—which offers free legal services—and encouraged those affected to “read their paperwork carefully” of any three-day eviction notices they receive, and file an answer within five days to avoid eviction.
Last week the Los Angeles City Council voted to continue eviction protections for those who are approved for rent relief and are awaiting funds, with the latest round—funded by the voter-approved 2022 Measure ULA, which adds a tax on home sales over $5 million to fund affordable housing and help prevent homelessness—totaling $30 million. So far only $7.9 million has been distributed, according to media reports.