LA County Passes COVID-19 Protections Extension and Asm. Santiago Responds

For immediate release:

(Los Angeles, CA) – After the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to extend the county’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution to January 31, 2022, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“This is urgent, we must protect renters now as California recovers from COVID-19. The shield that keeps the eviction sword away is applying for rent relief,” said Assembly Member Santiago. “Rent relief pays 100% of back rent for many COVID-19 impacted tenants but not enough LA county residents are applying. That’s why we’re sounding the alarm, helping set up application workshops and knocking on doors to let folks know that the money is available. There’s no time to delay. Apply. Apply. Apply. ”  

According to the Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, Los Angeles County residential tenants are protected from evictions under the state’s eviction protection law, AB 832. This means that as of October 1, 2021, if an eligible tenant is still in financial distress and received a “pay or quit” notice for unpaid rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tenant can delay or prevent an eviction by applying for rent relief within 15 business days of receiving notice. A landlord must apply for rent relief before they can successfully pursue an eviction lawsuit. For more information, please click here.

 Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness. He also sits on the Assembly Committees on Public Safety, Health, Higher Education and Utilities and Energy. He represents the 53rd District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Vernon.