Eviction notices in Los Angeles County skyrocketing

According to the controller's office, 96% of those eviction filings were for non-payment of rent, 91% came with a 3-day notice and represented $186.5 million accumulated rent owed.

The top three zip codes in which eviction filings were received were 09928 Hollywood with 3,585 notices, 90036 Fairfax with 2,458 notices, and 91367 Woodland Hills with 2,099 notices.

The top three council districts in which eviction filings were received include the 14th District, 13th District and 3rd District, which are represented by council members Kevin de León, Hugo Soto-Martinez and Bob Blumenfield, respectively.

Approximately 19,325 renters who received an eviction filing owe more than $3,000 back rent, approximately 15,652 renters who received an eviction filing owe between $2,000 to $3,000 in back rent, and about 9,776 renters who received an eviction filing owe between $1,000 to $2,000 in back rent.

The city's Just Cause Ordinance states a landlord cannot evict a tenant if the amount due is below one month of Fair Market Rent. However, 6,062 of eviction notices were filed where the amount of rent owned was below the Fair Market Rent limit, the controller's office noted.

DarkGamer,
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Out of curiosity, I looked up how many housing units are in LA county: 9,721,138. That means ~0.5% of units have been given an eviction notice since February.

Uranium3006,
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mass eviction like this could destabilize the entire city. massive spike in homelessness, massive vacancy spike in the rental market, risk of police brutality (they already go into evictions guns drawn, and what's the odds a notoriously violent PD overworked on thousands of evictions isn't gonna have an incident?) and more. this is all a really bad idea and we shouldn't barge headfirst into it

DarkGamer,
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Mass evictions are terrible and sky-high rents are causing most of the homelessness crisis, but what are the alternatives? There's already a program in place to help prevent this, and moratoriums on rent during COVID was arguably how we got into this situation in the first place. Unless we're willing to take drastic measures and declare housing a right and house everyone with public funds, or take housing out of the free market some other way, rent seeking and evictions are inevitable.

I suppose a spike in vacancies might reduce rents, but at what cost?

Uranium3006,
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Unless we're willing to take drastic measures and declare housing a right and house everyone with public funds, or take housing out of the free market some other way

in times like these, changes like this are the sane, reasonable, moderate options and the status quo is the dangerous, risky, and extreme option. we need non-market housing because market housing can't solve the problem of housing people, and continuing a failed policy isn't going to make it suddenly work. we also need to take land use out of local control and put it directly at the state level and with pro-development defaults, because if you think NIMBYs are harsh on private housing that'll realistically mostly serve the upper middle class, imagine how unglued they'd come if you wanted to build public housing or hand it over to a Community land trust "in their back yard (2 miles away)"

DarkGamer,
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we need non-market housing because market housing can't solve the problem of housing people

Not when there isn't enough because of said NIMBYs anyway. The market solution is to build more homes. If we had a lot more housing and not this artificial scarcity, housing would presumably be a lot more affordable. At least it would be if there wasn't price collusion due to AI rent pricing that controls entire markets.

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