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The Renters’ Rights On-Line Legal Help Clinic


Bay Area Business Closures and Travel Restrictions

The seven Bay Area counties have imposed business closures and travel restrictions
that will affect tenants’ abilities to pay rent or even look for work from March 17 to April 7.

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Los Angeles Moratorium on Evictions

Executive Order issued by Mayor Garcetti, effective immediately:

Finally, I hereby order that no landlord shall evict a residential tenant in the City of Los Angeles during this local emergency period if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These circumstances include loss of income due to a COVID-19 related workplace closure, child care expenditures due to school closures, health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19, or reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to mean that the tenant will not still be obligated to pay lawfully charged rent. Tenants will have up to six months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent. Tenants may use the protections afforded in this subsection as an affirmative defense in an unlawful detainer action. This subsection shall remain in effect during the pendency of the local emergency period.

This order may be extended prior to March 31, 2020.


Landlords often bully and lie to you to prevent you from knowing or using your rights.

Legal advice by attorney Ken Carlson, celebrating his 39th year since 1980 in landlord-tenant law protecting California renters’ rights, having helped tens of thousands of clients

Rumors of rights abound, making you unsure of what to do. Some laws are unclear, or apply in one city but not another. Many lawyers don’t know what to do, so they tell you to just give up. That’s no answer.

What can you do?

a. Find out how things are supposed to be, so that you can
b. Identify where the real problems are, and then
c. Take effective action to correct them.

The purpose of this website is to clear the air, take away those clouds of trouble and doubt, and help you achieve what you want.

The law is not a place to guess. You need to know. It is also not a place to “wait and see.” Taking the right steps as early as possible is critical to your goals. If you wait and see, the “light at the end of the tunnel” could be the headlight of an oncoming train. Don’t take that risk.

This website provides free information and links for you to review, as well as paid legal services by Ken Carlson and a lawyer directory for finding lawyers near you. You are encouraged to review the free information before you have a consultation, so that you understand the background of the issues you face and can better focus what you need to know.

“The purpose of the law
is to prevent the rich
from always getting their way.”
– James Madison, 1787