Mayor Garcetti ordered a moratorium on commercial evictions of tenants unable to pay rent — a move that follows a similar ban on evictions of residential tenants.
The Mayor’s order on commercial evictions will be in place until March 31 unless extended. Landlords cannot evict a commercial tenant who is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of business income due to:
- a COVID-19 related workplace closure;
- child care expenditures due to school closures;
- health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19;
- reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures.
Eligible tenants will have up to three months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.