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Priced Out, Pushed Out, Locked Out

Priced Out, Pushed Out, Locked Out: How Permanent Tenant Protections Can Help Communities Prevent Homelessness and Displacement in LA County. Written by Public Counsel and the UCLA Community Economic Development Clinic in collaboration with Eastside LEADS and the Liberty Hill Foundation, this report describes how tenants across unincorporated LA County are facing larger rent increases, higher rent burden, and more evictions than ever before. For example, 56% of tenants in unincorporated LA County are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. Supervisorial Districts 1 and 2 have the highest levels of rent burden and severe rent burden (spending more than 50% of income on rent). The report concludes with a series of policy recommendations to increase housing stability in unincorporated LA, including:

  • Permanent rent stabilization
  • Permanent just cause eviction protection ordinance, including preventing evictions of families with school-aged children during the school year
  • Supporting statewide, city, and county expansion of tenant protections, such as universal Right to Counsel for tenants