[Ed. – Thus exacerbating the already horrendous affordable-housing problem. The way landlords at the lower end of the rental market react to restrictions this draconian is by cutting their losses. A lot of them (comparatively) will simply move out, shift their investment dollars elsewhere, write off losses, and leave properties to be processed by the sheriff. Cheaper than actually dealing with city regulators and tenants who know they can’t be evicted.]
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a moratorium on evictions in a bid to prevent landlords from kicking out tenants ahead of statewide rental controls, according to reports.
The ban, which council members passed in a 14-to-0 vote, would prevent property owners from evicting tenants without “just cause,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Just cause” would include non-payment of rent or using the unit for criminal activity. …
Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose final approval would be required before the ordinance goes into effect, is expected to sign it later on Tuesday.