The Los Angeles City Council has for several weeks now been debating a series of measures to protect renters now that the COVID-era emergency protection measures have been lifted.
Recently, the council passed Just Cause Eviction protections for L.A. renters, which limits a landlord’s abilities to terminate rental leases once a candidate has occupied their unit for a full 12 months. Landlords must have a legitimate reason to evict. Under the COVID emergency, renters enjoyed an all-out eviction moratorium.
Traci Park, Council District 11’s newly elected member, supported just cause evictions, saying, in a “Better 11” video update for constituents, “I was proud to support an initiative that will expand Just Cause eviction protections to cover tens of thousands of families across our city.”
However, last Friday, Park served as the only vote against a measure that would give renters a one-month grace period to make their rent. The measure passed 9-1, with Council President Paul Krekorian and Councilmember Curren Price recusing themselves as housing providers. Councilmembers John Lee and Bob Blumenfield were absent from the vote. Because the measure did not get a minimum of 12 votes, it does not take effect for 31 days.
She explained her lone no vote in the same video update, stating, “I voted no on a couple of the proposed amendments because we don’t have all of the information yet that we would need in order to make an informed decision.” She added, “I also generally have concerns about the impact of some of these proposals on our housing stock and on affordability. I was pleased to join a number of my colleagues in introducing a motion to secure $10 Million dollars in relief for our small ‘mom and pop’ landlords.”
It is unclear what additional fact Park would need before she could support giving renters the one-month grace period on rent.