PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Moratorium on Storage Unit Evictions

LOS ANGELES - A measure to protect items kept in rented storage units became law today, after the City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on storage unit evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The ordinance reflects existing eviction protections for apartments, protecting items kept in storage from being destroyed or sold at auction if the tenant can’t pay rent. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

May 27, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

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City Council Approves Moratorium on Storage Unit Evictions

LOS ANGELES - A measure to protect items kept in rented storage units became law today, after the City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on storage unit evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The ordinance reflects existing eviction protections for apartments, protecting items kept in storage from being destroyed or sold at auction if the tenant can’t pay rent. 

“Working people are facing bill after bill right now when so many have lost their job,” said Councimember David Ryu, who authored the measure. “Any opportunity we have to reduce that burden, we should take. I’m proud to see Los Angeles pass this protection. Angelenos should be focused on their health and their families, not worried about losing their belongings.”

The law makes Los Angeles the first major U.S. city to specifically prohibit storage unit evictions during the pandemic. It allows occupants of a rented self-storage unit to defer rent payments during the local coronavirus emergency and for three months following the emergency order. A tenant is required to inform the storage unit company within seven days of rent being due if they cannot make rent due to coronavirus-related impacts, which can include loss of work or income, increased childcare costs, or caring for a relative sick with COVID-19. The law also requires storage unit companies to provide written notice of the new protection, in English and Spanish, to each occupant.

The law was passed with an urgency clause, allowing it to take effect as soon as it’s signed by the Mayor. Councilmember Ryu first introduced the motion on April 23rd after a number of Angelenos reported rising rents and late fees on their rented storage units, making it difficult to save their items from disposal. 

Read the approved ordinance here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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