PRESS RELEASE: Motion to Halt Storage Unit Evictions Passes Council

LOS ANGELES - The City Council passed a motion today to allow rent deferral on storage units rented in the City of Los Angeles during the Coronavirus pandemic. Renters of storage units would have three months following the local emergency to repay any missed rent, and during that time, storage unit companies would be prohibited from destroying or auctioning off personal property kept in storage. The motion, introduced by Councilmember Ryu, now heads to the City Attorney to draft a final ordinance to be voted into law.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 13, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Motion to Halt Storage Unit Evictions Passes Council

LOS ANGELES - The City Council passed a motion today to allow rent deferral on storage units rented in the City of Los Angeles during the Coronavirus pandemic. Renters of storage units would have three months following the local emergency to repay any missed rent, and during that time, storage unit companies would be prohibited from destroying or auctioning off personal property kept in storage. The motion, introduced by Councilmember Ryu, now heads to the City Attorney to draft a final ordinance to be voted into law.

“Storage units might not be top of mind right now - unless you have one,” Councilmember Ryu said. “These units can hold the most important items in a person’s life, and right now, many are unable to keep up with the payments. For our unhoused neighbors, these units may hold the only things they have. No one should have to worry that their personal belongings will be lost during this pandemic - and we need to do what we can to stop storage unit evictions.”

Councilmember Ryu first introduced the motion on April 23rd after hearing from residents unable to make their storage unit payments or access their storage unit during the pandemic. The legislation would protect someone from losing their possessions kept in storage if that person has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The draft ordinance is expected to return to Council in the next few weeks with an urgency clause, allowing it to take effect immediately after it is approved by the City Council.

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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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