PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Launches Tenants Rights Outreach Program

LOS ANGELES - Following a number of tenants reporting being misled and intimidated by landlords during the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Ryu today announced he was launching a new tenants rights initiative for renters today. The outreach program will directly contact tens of thousands of tenants across Council District Four to inform them of their rights, contact landlords in violation of the law, and refer landlords to enforcement agencies if necessary.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

April 8, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

Councilmember Ryu Launches Tenants Rights Outreach Program

LOS ANGELES - Following a number of tenants reporting being misled and intimidated by landlords during the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Ryu today announced he was launching a new tenants rights initiative for renters today. The outreach program will directly contact tens of thousands of tenants across Council District Four to inform them of their rights, contact landlords in violation of the law, and refer landlords to enforcement agencies if necessary.

“This pandemic has put millions out of work and made it impossible for many to pay their bills,” Councilmember Ryu said. “And still, too many landlords are withholding crucial information from tenants, intimidating them into giving up their rights - or even the money they get from charity. We can’t count on landlords to inform tenants of their rights - and I will do it myself if I have to.”

The tenants outreach program, which began this week in response to news of tenants being pushed into giving up their rights under the Coronavirus pandemic, involves texts and phone calls to tens of thousand of tenants across District Four from the Councilmember’s staff. This outreach follows a flurry of letters sent by Councilmember Ryu to landlords this past week, after he heard from the tenants of more than a dozen apartment buildings in Council District Four that received letters and repayment agreements from landlords with incorrect information.

Outreach will include informing tenants of their rights, and asking if they need assistance addressing their rights with their landlord. Councilmember Ryu will continue to contact landlords directly and inform them of the laws protecting their tenants. 

One tenant in Council District Four was recently faced with an agreement requiring that all financial support from the government or charity be sent to the landlord within five days of receipt as a condition for deferring rent. This does not reflect City or State law. The landlord, ROM Residential, rescinded the proposed agreement after being contacted by Councilmember Ryu.

In the last Council meeting on April 7, Councilmember Ryu introduced an expanded eviction moratorium, a freeze on all rent increases, and a resolution on rent and mortgage forgiveness. Learn more here.

Any tenant in Council District Four with questions or concerns about their rights should contact Councilmember Ryu at cd4.issues@lacity.org or 213-473-7004.

Learn more about resources for tenants during the Coronavirus pandemic 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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