What to Do If You Receive a 60-Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy in Long Beach (and LA County) During COVID
The 60-Day Notice is ILLEGAL
There is currently a ban on evictions and tenancy terminations in Los Angeles County and in the State of California to protect people from having to move during the pandemic. Any 60-day notice received during this time is ILLEGAL and cannot be enforced. The majority of property owners know this. They are hoping that you don't.
Prohibits evictions for any reason besides health and safety: Specifically, you may NOT be evicted for:
Nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship; (Conditions and paperwork apply)
No-fault reasons under the Los Angeles County Code (“Code”); (THIS INCLUDES SUBSTANTIAL REMODEL)
COVID-19 related violations due to unauthorized occupants or pets; or
The State measure California AB 3088, the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief Act of 2020 is a long bill that, among other things, bans evictions for inability to pay rent due to COVID, and specifically bans termination of a tenancy for substantial remodel (Section 1179.03.5 (a)(3)(A)(ii)(I) ).
Section 8.101.030 of the Long Beach Municipal Code was amended December 17, 2020, to protect tenants from being harassed by landlords. Harassment includes:
G. Take action to terminate any tenancy, including service of any notice to quit or other eviction notice or bring any action to recover possession of a rental housing unit, based upon facts which owner has no reasonable cause to believe to be true or upon a legal theory which is untenable under the facts known to the owner.
This is punishable by a $2000-$5000 fine if you take them to court. Read all the actions considered harassment here.
Contact Your Landlord - Email and mail the property management company or owner saying that the notice is invalid and you don't accept it. Here is a template that you can use. (link to letter)
Contact Your Local Representatives – Call AND email your elected officials at the City, County and State level to let them know what is happening. Snail mail is even better. Making them aware of the problem encourages them to take actions to stop it in a timely manner. The more people they hear from, the more likely they are to take action.
Long Beach City Officials – It's most important to contact the council member who represents your district, but CC the Mayor and other council members to make sure they are aware of the problem. Here is a list of Long Beach City officials and their contact information.
LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn – Contact Janice Hahn, who represents Long Beach, through her regional office (562) 256-1920 or emailing Brenda Caloca firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Lena Gonzales' Office – contact Jacob O'Donnell who deals with housing at email@example.com, and/or call (562) 256-7921
State Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell (562) 429-0470, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Abraham at LIBRE and let us know what's going on at email@example.com.
Call an LA County Rent Stabilization counselor at (833) 223-RENT (7368)
Low-income tenants can call the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for legal assistance.
Additional legal assistance and other resources for LA County can be found at StayhousedLA.org