With COVID-era protections eliminated, the number of Los Angeles renters facing eviction continues to rise every month.
According to data released by the Los Angeles Controller’s Office on Monday, approximately 50,000 eviction notices were filed by landlords in the city between February and the end of August.
A spokesperson stated that 96% of the cases involved unpaid rent and that landlords were owed $186.5 million.
While evictions occur throughout the city, this map illustrates which neighbourhoods and zip codes are disproportionately impacted.
For instance, 3,585 eviction notices have been filed in Hollywood, while 2,455 have been filed in Fairfax. Other “hot spots” in Los Angeles include Woodland Hills, Westlake, and downtown.
In most cases, tenants owed more than $2,000 in back rent, but in some instances, landlords are attempting to evict individuals for owing much less.
The Controller’s Office stated, “Under the Just Cause Ordinance, a landlord cannot evict a tenant if the amount owed is less than one month’s Fair Market Rent.” “However, 6,062 eviction notices were filed where the amount of rent owed was below [that].”
Eviction Notice Hot Spots:
1. 90028 Hollywood: 3,585
2. 90036 Fairfax: 2,458
3. 91367 Woodland Hills: 2,099
4. 90017 Westlake: 2,076
5. 90014 Downtown Los Angeles: 1,590
6. 90012 DTLA: 1,572
7: 90005 Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire: 1,545
8. 90015 DTLA: 1,447
9. 91601 North Hollywood: 1,398
10. 90020 Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire: 1,284
Between February and July of 2023, the city received 40,000 notifications. However, according to officials, the one-month increase to 50,000 can be attributed to thousands of mail-in reports that were not previously counted.
The COVID-19 tenant protection program in Los Angeles expired at the end of March, leaving renters responsible for paying the full monthly rent to avoid eviction. The city has initiated an emergency rental assistance program that will accept applications until October 2.
To be eligible, you must be:
- A local of Los Angeles
- Between March 2020 and the present, at least one household member has experienced a loss of employment, a decline in household income, the incurrence of significant costs, or other financial hardship.
- Have past due rent to the current landlord for any month(s) between April 1, 2020, and the present.
The household income is at or below 80% of the median income for the area.
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