LA County Board of Supervisors extends ban on evictions until Sept. 30

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the county's eviction moratorium through Sept. 30.

The moratorium, put in place to help struggling renters during the pandemic, was set to expire next week.

Not everyone was in favor of an extension.

Landlords say they too are struggling, and if they want to pay their own bills they need to start collecting full rent once again.

Supervisors say they are also concerned about those mom and pop landlords who rely on income from renters to get by.

They expressed the need to phase out protections and encouraged tenants to apply for state and local rent relief.

With the pandemic resulting in lost jobs and reduced hours for millions of workers, the eviction moratorium was put in place last year to prevent renters from losing their homes.

Between 700,000 and 1 million Californians are in danger of being evicted if this moratorium is not extended, and about three quarters of renters in California who are behind on rent are people of color, according to the National Equity Atlas Rent Debt dashboard.

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California received over $5 billion in aid -- enough to pay off all unpaid rent.

The governor's office tells Eyewitness News that he is focused on distributing rental assistance as quickly as possible, and they're in talks on how to extend the eviction moratorium to benefit those who need it most.

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