LOS ANGELES — Tenants and advocates rallied outside the County Board of Supervisors building in downtown LA on Monday — demanding an extension of COVID-19 tenant protections, as the county’s eviction moratorium is set to expire September 30th.

South LA tenant Claudia Morales isn’t behind on her rent, but her landlord has given her 90 days’ notice to vacate so a family member can move into her unit.

What You Need To Know

  • The County Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday to discuss extending COVID-19 tenant protections

  • They'll consider extending the county COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution through January 31, 2022

  • The board will also consider expanding the owner move-in exception

“I think it’s unfair because I didn’t know that he was planning on that, and I’m not prepared with no money and nothing about that", Morales said.

On Tuesday the Supervisors will discuss a motion to extend COVID-19 tenant protections and expand the owner move-in exception to include units within a duplex or triplex, which would directly affect Morales.

She lives in a triplex and hasn’t suffered financial impacts from COVID-19, so if passed her landlord can give her 60 days’ notice to move.

Despite this, Morales says she can’t afford to leave.

“I don’t have money, you know the rents are very high right now, so how am I going to move when I don’t have money and where am I going to live?" Morales said.

But while some renters have suffered in the pandemic, so have small mom and pop landlords.

Diane Robertson owns two properties in South LA and here in Leimert Park.

She’s a founding member of the Coalition of Small Rental Property Owners.

She’s been lucky with her renters during COVID, but some members have suffered worse fates.

“Mom and pop landlords in our coalition have decided to leave the small rental housing industry, they simply can no longer maintain their properties", Robertson said.

The coalition is primarily made up of people of color, and some have had to sell their properties to make up for lost income from unpaid rent.

Diane says if the moratorium is extended, the remaining provisions should require proof of pandemic hardship.

“They should only apply where individuals have truly been impacted by the pandemic, it’s only fair", Robertson said.

While Morales awaits to see what the Supervisors will do on Tuesday, she is hoping to gain legal advice to see how she can remain in her apartment.

“I’m looking for somebody to help me to what I should do", Morales said.