Councilmember Nithya Raman Statement In Support Of Newly Adopted Tenant Protections

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2023


LOS ANGELES -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a suite of permanent tenant protections including establishing universal just cause, setting a minimum threshold for eviction for tenants who fall behind on rent, and requiring landlords to pay relocation fees in some situations where rent gouging would result in the tenant’s displacement. 

Last June, Councilmember Raman put forward the initial request to the Housing Department for recommendations on protecting tenants that led to these protections. As Chair of the newly formed Housing & Homelessness Committee, Councilmember Raman advanced and advocated for this series of new protections to keep more Angelenos in their homes in the aftermath of the COVID emergency period.

Councilmember Nithya Raman issued the following statement after the vote: 

Housing stability is vital to combat so many of the challenges LA is facing right now: displacement, gentrification, segregation, homelessness, population loss, and more.

Today's advancements in tenant protections, the most significant since the institution of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, are a major step toward keeping hundreds of thousands of tenants across the city housed. I'm very grateful to my colleagues who helped advance them today, and especially to all of the coalition partners who fought for change throughout this process.