COVID-19 Community Resources
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Inglewood COVID-19 Tenant Protections
Inglewood Renter Eviction Moratorium Executive Order No. 20-01
If you are a tenant in Inglewood who has been impacted by COVID-19 (reduced wages or income, loss of work, increased medical costs) and are unable to pay allor part of your rent, you have new protections that can protect you from eviction:
If you are unable to pay your rent due to medical expenses or loss of income related to COVID-19 or any local, state, or federal response to COVID-19, you cannot be evicted or charged late fees during the local emergency.
These protections are retroactive to March 4, 2020 and last until May 31, 2020, unless extended.
Tenants need to document their loss of income or medical expenses. You should also notify your landlord as soon as you know you will be unable to pay rent.
After the local or state emergency is declared over (whichever happens later), you will have 6 months to pay back any rent you were unable to pay during the emergency period.
Inglewood's Housing Protection Initiative (Executive Order No. 20-03) and California's Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1492)
On November 5, 2019, Inglewood's Housing Protection Initiative went into effect, providing just cause eviction protections and limits on rent increases to Inglewood residents. On January 1, 2020, the Tenant Protection Act began providing similar protections statewide.
Do both laws apply to me?
Both the state and local law cannot apply at the same time. For the purposes of either the just cause protections or the rent cap, only the more protective law applies (but, in very narrow circumstances, you could be protected by the statewide rent cap but Inglewood’s just cause rules).
When figuring out which law applies to you, consider the just cause and rent cap rules separately. For each protection, ask yourself:
- Am I covered by the Housing Protection Initiative?
If not, then ask:
- Am I covered by the Tenant Protection Act?
What about the Tenant Protection Act rent rollback? Does the Housing Protection Initiative have that too?
On January 1, 2020, the Tenant Protection Act rolled back rents in covered units to their March 15, 2019 rate, plus any allowable and properly noticed increases not to exceed 8.3%.
The Housing Protection Initiative did not roll back rents because the City of Inglewood had an interim rent increase protection in place starting March 5, 2019 (Ordinance No. 19-07) which applied to almost all units covered by the statewide rent rollback.
If your rent was increased by more than 8.3% between March 15, 2019 and January 1, 2020, and was not reduced on January 1, 2020, you may be entitled to a refund or rent credit.