LA ordinance fighting tenant harassment is launched

Activists and members with the Hillside Villa Tenants Association of Chinatown march from City Hall to LAPD headquarters to demand the city fund the purchase of their 124-unit building in order to stop evictions on Thursday, April 8, 2021. 

San Gabriel Valley Tribune - An ordinance aimed at preventing landlords from harassing tenants went into effect on Friday, Aug. 6, after being adopted by the Los Angeles City Council by a 13-0 vote.

The ordinance approved June 23 when two council members were absent and signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti prevents landlords from harassing tenants by eliminating services, withholding repairs, refusing to accept rent payments or taking other retaliatory actions.

Tenant leaders organized by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment gathered outside City Hall Friday morning to celebrate the ordinance going into effect. The alliance had been organizing to put pressure on council members to pass the ordinance, which had been stalled in committee.

“The anti-harassment ordinance had been in limbo for over four years in the housing committee. During the pandemic, the Stay Housed Coalition and ACCE saw an uptick in cases of landlord harassment, so ACCE along with other organizers decided to come together to fight for a just tenant anti-harassment ordinance,” an ACCE representative said Friday.

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