Tenants in the city of Los Angeles will be able to keep pets and not face evictions for unauthorized animals adopted during the pandemic after a unanimous vote by the City Council on Tuesday.
The Covid-era pet protection policy was set to expire on Jan. 31, so council members worked to pass the law before then because the city’s six animal shelters are already full or nearly full.
The rationale behind the ruling was that pets provided emotional support to people at the height of the pandemic and that tenants should not be evicted from their homes at a time when housing and homelessness are pressing issues.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had many social, economic and health impacts on our communities, and countless families are recovering from those impacts,” said Councilwoman Eunice Hernandez.
“Many people lost loved ones and were dealing with isolation from quarantine, which led to many new additions to their families.”
Tenants who have not previously notified their landlord about their pets will be required to do so within 30 days after the law goes into effect.
Under the law, landlords and property managers will be allowed to enforce a “no pet” rule after a tenant moves out or after a pet is relocated.
There are also provisions to allow eviction on certain grounds, such as if the animal is a danger to other tenants.
Pets brought into rental units after January 31, 2023, are not covered by the protection criteria.