Using ‘delaying tactics’ is evicted tenants’ constitutional right

Responding to an op-ed, this letter points out that tenants have the right to defend themselves in court and hold landlords accountable to strict laws that were created to maintain a fair process.
Letter to Editor (California)

Ingrid Arriaga
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
March 4, 2016

Tags: Due Process, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)


In my work as an attorney with Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, I represent low-income tenants who are facing eviction. The majority of tenants facing eviction do not have an attorney and must navigate the justice system on their own. Most of these tenants are evicted, and some become homeless. (“Eviction system ‘allows itself to be gamed,’ frustrating landlords,” March 1)

Landlords often try to bypass laws by improperly bringing eviction lawsuits for arbitrary reasons. Far too often, we see tenants who were never properly served. The only remedy these tenants have are the “delaying tactics” and “games” that columnist David Lazarus condemns.