LOS ANGELES, CA - During the pandemic, temporary tenant protections were credited with drastically decreasing the number of evictions in Los Angeles county. According to Kyle Nelson, a UCLA postdoctoral fellow who tracked evictions during COVID, the number of eviction lawsuits went down by more than half at the height of the pandemic, from about 40,000 to 50,000 annual filings to just 13,000.
At the city level, a handful of new tenant protections have now been made permanent, and Los Angeles County has now extended its protections until the end of March. But nevertheless, eviction filings — which never fully stopped in LA — have already shot back up to pre-pandemic levels in recent months.
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