Reminder Of Your Rights As A Renter

A Message From Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson:

It was brought to my attention that some property managers and landlords may not be following the city’s guidance in regards to paying rent, paying back rent, and threats of eviction for breaking other aspects of your lease. If anyone is dealing with issues such as these, please do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance, or with any questions you may have.

Some things to keep in mind during this time:

  • Landlords must not evict residential tenants who are unable to pay rent because of loss of income from work, childcare costs related to school closures, healthcare costs, or “reasonable expenditures” related to COVID-19.
  • If you are unable to make the rent due to COVID-19, let your landlord know as soon as possible.
  • If you receive an eviction notice that you suspect violates the city law file a complaint with the city of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID), which is handling eviction investigations.
  • Tenants should also let their landlords know the reason why they haven’t paid, ideally in writing. However, do not sign any agreement with your landlord that could hurt your case if your landlord brings you to court.
  • If your landlord still tries to evict you HCID says the first thing you should do is stay in your home. 

For more information on renter protections go to

No one should be kicked out of their homes during this crisis. I am also pushing for a full eviction moratorium and I stand with Councilmembers Bonin and Ryu on their renewed attempts to pass the moratorium again.