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November 26, 2013

Foreclosure Eviction Law Extended
Significant CES Tenants' Rights Victory

On November 26, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to extend the Foreclosure Eviction Ordinance protecting tenants living in foreclosed rental properties and not subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) from eviction for another two year.

The Ordinance prohibits lenders from evicting any tenant because of foreclosure. Tenants living in rent controlled units have had these protections. Multi-family rental units built after 1978 and all single-family home rentals are not subject to the City's rent control law, but is covered under this ordinance.

The Foreclosure Eviction Ordinance was originally passed in December 17, 2008 and extended every year since in response to a national crisis that has not subsided.

This law has protected significant numbers of families from being unjustly evicted.

Testifying before the LA City Council in support of the extension, Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross stated, "The foreclosure crisis and its impact on hardworking families is American tragedy. It's especially unjust for the forgotten victims -- tenants. These are good tenants. They've done nothing wrong. Paid their rent on time. But, without this protection, these banks, will likely evict them, without reason. Just because they unfortunately live in foreclosed rental property."

CES worked together with the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, author of the Foreclosure Eviction Ordinance when he was on the City Council and Council Member Gil Cedillo, chair of the Council Housing Committee, as well as with the LA Housing and Community Investment Department to ensure that the ordinance extension was brought before the City Council prior to its December 31st expiration date.

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