IMPORTANT: Covid protections update - July 1st 2022

In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19, and in large part due to the efforts of PTU, the City of Pasadena passed an emergency protection measure for tenants in March 2020. On April 11, 2022, city council voted 6-1 to end these protections starting July 1, 2022. Thankfully, LA County protections apply to Pasadena tenants until December 31, 2022. Read below for more information.

Specific to Pasadena, if you have been financially impacted due to covid-19, then at this time you cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent due between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2022. In spite of a lack of resources for those who lose income, tenants are still responsible for the unpaid rent accumulated during this time, and will be required to pay this “back rent.” This is due 6 months after the protections end (December 31, 2022).

The LA county ordinance took effect for Pasadena tenants on July 1, 2022.

  • One cannot be evicted for a “no-fault” reason. The ordinance does not allow a landlord to evict if they want to demolish or substantially remodel the property.
  • From June 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 a tenant whose household income is below 80% AMI unable to pay rent incurred from June 1 through December 31, 2022 is protected from eviction for non-payment of rent
  • A tenant whose household income is below 80% AMI and who is unable to pay rent incurred from April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 has until December 31, 2023 to pay rent owed in the time period.
  • For more info, read through this article and the county page . Fill out this form for non-payment of rent protections.

    Call our Tenant Solidarity Hotline so we can help you navigate these laws. We must also petition LA County for stronger and permanent protections. Get on our mailing list to join the struggle.

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    We cannot provide you with legal advice but we will do our best to counsel you with information about your rights as a tenant and potential strategies for fighting back.