Housing Justice

We've long been leading the fight to save homes from foreclosures and now are deeply engaged in the fight to stop rent gouging and eviction of the long-term residents in our communities - especially tenants of corporate Wall Street landlords like Blackstone's Invitation Homes. ACCE Los Angeles has racked up several significant housing wins. Since becoming part of the Keep LA Housed coalition, ACCE leaders successfully helped push the Los Angeles City Council to agree to establish a Right to Counsel - the legal right for tenants to be represented by an attorney in eviction court. ACCE leaders won tenants permanent rent control in unincorporated LA County and successfully fought to get the county to end its controversial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that had victimized thousands of LA homeowners. In a victory for LA County tenants, ACCE led a coalition to successfully get the Board of Supervisors to extend a countywide eviction moratorium through the end of 2022. As part of the United to House LA coalition, ACCE and partners campaigned for Measure ULA - a tax on property transfers in LA City of over $5 million to fund affordable housing and homeless services - that passed by nearly 58% of the vote in November 2022. And in a huge victory for tenants in LA City, we won permanent near-universal just cause protections and relocation assistance for tenants displaced by rent increases. We also successfully pushed the LA City Council to establish a Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance (TAHO) that we’re working on strengthening by demanding funding for enforcement and that landlords pay attorney’s fees. In 2023, ACCE members helped push the LA County Board of Supervisors to establish a right to counsel for low-income tenants living in unincorporated areas. We’re working to end LA’s speculative housing system by fighting for a vacancy tax on the thousands of luxury units left empty and used as second homes or pure investments. ACCE’s District 10 chapter and the residents of south LA’s Chesapeake Apartments are fighting against one of southern California’s most notorious slumlords, billionaire Mike Nijjar. For years, Chesapeake residents have been living with dilapidated and unsafe conditions at the complex owned by Nijjar and his company, PAMA Properties. The residents and ACCE leaders are fighting back by suing Nijjar and confronting local housing officials who continue to drag their feet in holding Nijjar accountable. In the meantime, ACCE-LA is working to pressure the LA Housing Department to improve its code enforcement program to ensure tenants can get habitability problems resolved as quickly as possible.