PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for Expanded Tenant Protections

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu called for urgent action on the proposed Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance today, following numerous reports of tenant harassment and intimidation in Council District Four. The pending legislation seeks to prohibit certain pressure tactics used by some landlords. In a letter to the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) and the Budget & Finance Committee, Councilmember Ryu asked for swift action on the proposed ordinance, and for its protections to go even further.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

April 17, 2020

 Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu Calls for Expanded Tenant Protections

Tenant Anti-Harassment law needed now more than ever

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu called for urgent action on the proposed Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance today, following numerous reports of tenant harassment and intimidation in Council District Four. The pending legislation seeks to prohibit certain pressure tactics used by some landlords. In a letter to the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) and the Budget & Finance Committee, Councilmember Ryu asked for swift action on the proposed ordinance, and for its protections to go even further. 

“Since the start of the Safer at Home order, I have heard from over 40 tenants facing intimidation and false information from their landlord” Councilmember Ryu said. “Some have been repeatedly urged to take buy-out agreements or hand over medical records and bank statements. This is unacceptable. People can’t stay safer at home if they’re being harassed by their landlord, and we can’t wait any longer for the Tenant Anti-Harassment legislation to become law.”

The Tenant Anti-Harassment legislation was introduced in February 2017 by Councilmember Jose Huizar and seconded by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. It calls for prohibiting landlords from inquiring about or disclosing a tenant’s immigration status, threatening to evict tenants without proper factual and legal basis, removing housing services guaranteed in a lease agreement, and more. 

Councilmember Ryu also called for further protections in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, such as banning “relocation specialists” from repeatedly contacting tenants, and giving tenants the right to refuse entry of anyone, including their landlord, during a public health emergency. Non-essential and non-consensual visits by a landlord, which are currently legal as long as the landlord gives 24-hour notice, can pose a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of tenants while the coronavirus continues to spread.

Read the letter here.

View the Council File 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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