Our eviction laws are antiquated, dangerous and inhumane. We must demand an expansion of tenant protections that will keep economically vulnerable people in safe housing. Tenants' rights are at least as important as landlords' privileges.
Noah Grynberg, Tyler Anderson
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
March 23, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action
In the midst of a statewide housing crisis, and with landlords filing 50,000 eviction cases in Los Angeles County alone last year, California has a moral responsibility to rectify the power imbalance between landlords and their tenants. Locally, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors could shift the dynamic immediately by funding free legal defense for every poor county resident sued for eviction, as New York City promised to do last year. But real change needs to come at the state level, where lawmakers can vote to slow down the eviction process and protect tenants from waves of meritless eviction actions.