Mayor Villaraigosa, Please Help Our Neighbors

eviction.gifIn Los Angeles Zipcode 90042, there are 385 families that may be evicted before the holidays. Of these, 211 live in bank-owned properties, 59 have homes that up for auction, and 115 have homes in foreclosure.

We encourage you to sign Motion 07-2438-69, which was proposed by City Council President Eric Garcetti, seconded by Councilmember Jose Huizar, and passed Friday afternoon.

Here is the text of the motion:

“In order to ensure that all tenants in foreclosed rental properties are protected from eviction by lenders, the Council should request the City Attorney to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to restrict evictions of tenants in all foreclosed rental properties to be subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council request the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Housing Department, to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to restrict evictions of tenants in all foreclosed rental properties to be subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.”

Many of our friends and neighbors are being evicted, even though they were never late in paying their rent. The owners lost the houses and the banks are evicting the tenants. Many people must move out by midnight November 30.

We ask that Mayor Villaraigosa give our friends and neighbors the gift of being allowed to stay in their homes for another 90 days, during the holidays. This will give the Federal and State governments the the opportunity to protect the tenants who pay their bills, but can’t find new facilities because they have children, dogs, or because they don’t have a “first month and last month” security, plus moving expenses.

As Mayor, you can sign the motion this week, giving the evicted neighbors 90 days to help get their life order and find new accommodations.

“Highland Park Senior”

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  1. Maureen Blatt says

    This may clarify the confusion about these motions. All it does is make equality for tenants.

    There are two motions; one for homeowners and one for tenants. The one for tenants has been signed yet by the Mayor.

    Homeowners:
    “WHEREAS, the federal government has acted to address foreclosures by approving legislation to stabilize neighborhoods in the most affected cities with recently approved legislatiou such as the Neighborhood Stabilization Act (H.R. 3221) and the recent financial bailout ($700 billion) for banks, which includes a provision to assist homeowners with foreclosure prevention services; and

    WHEREAS, several States and cities have taken a more aggressive stance against foreclosures by proposing a moratorium on foreclosures to allowhouseholds time to negotiate loan modifications with their lenders; and
    WHEREAS, legislators have proposed a similar policy to temporarily postpone foreclosures for families making good faith efforts to pay their mortgage and negotiate with their lenders favorable repayment terms to allow them to keep their homes, and

    WHEREAS, the City should support and/or sponsor legislation that would prevent
    homeowners from losing their homes to foreclosure including the establishment of a federal moratorium on foreclosures to allow banks to renegotiate loans with homeowners;

    NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2007-08 Federal Legislative Program SUPPORT and/or SPONSORHIP of legislation, and/or administrative action which would impose a moratorium on foreclosures for a limited time to allow banks to renegotiate loans with homeowners

    Tenants
    Protection for Tenants

    MOTION
    The foreclosure crisis in the City of Los Angeles has significantly affected rental properties.

    To date, lenders have foreclosed upon approximately 1,300 multi-family rental properties, creating housing instability for tenants, when foreclosing lenders opt to evict.

    The City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, (RSO) prohibits eviction of tenants from RSO-regulated properties solely for the reason that a lender has foreclosed on a rental property, however, this protection does not apply to properties that are not subject to the RSO.

    While 96% of foreclosed rental properties in the City are subject to the RSO, 56 foreclosed multi-family projects, comprised of 200 total units are not. It is also likely that a percentage of foreclosed single-family homes, which are not subject to the RSO, are renter-occupied.

    The LAHD reports that, since 60% of foreclosures are in census tracts where the average income is below 120% of the Area Median Income, evicted tenants of foreclosed properties are likely to be low- and moderate-income households, who can not afford to pay expensive market rents.

    In order to ensure that all tenants in foreclosed rental properties are protected from eviction by lenders, the Council should request the City Attorney to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to restrict evictions of tenants in all foreclosed rental properties to be subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

    I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council request the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Housing Department, to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to restrict evictions of tenants in all foreclosed rental properties to be subject to theCity’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

    PRESENTED BY
    ERIC GARCETTI
    Councilmernber, 13th District
    SECONDED BY

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