Guide to Laws for Renters (Tenants) in Los Angeles

This guide is for residents in the city of Los Angeles. If you are not sure if you are within city limits, see our guide What City Am I in?

Most laws for tenants and landlords are made at the state level, so be sure to also read our Guide to Laws for Tenants and Renters in California.

However, for renters under rent control, the city of Los Angeles has many specific laws. See our Guide to Rent Control in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-specific rental rules

Do landlords need to provide air conditioning to tenants in Los Angeles?

Air conditioning is not required for rentals in California. That said, the Los Angeles City Council appears to be moving towards requiring air conditioning to be provided to all rental units. We will keep you updated on the latest.

Coronavirus update

The ban on evictions for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is over. This means these types of evictions may proceed. See our Guide to Evictions in California.

Is there rental assistance available for renters who cannot pay their rent?

Currently there is no rental assistance available from the city of Los Angeles.

What should tenants do if they receive an eviction notice?

See our Guide to Evictions in California.

What should I do if I receive a notice of an Unlawful Detainer?

If you reach the expiration date listed on the “Notice to Pay Rent or Quit”, you may receive a formal eviction or “Unlawful Detainer.” This means you may have to go to court to fight the eviction. Do not ignore a notice from the court or Unlawful Detainer notification!

Get legal assistance ASAP.

Tenants do not have to leave their units unless they are served with a Sheriff’s Order, which happens after the case is heard in Court.

Get Help

For more information, go to the Los Angeles Housing Department website. If you need help with your case, try Stay Housed LA. Or you can find a good “landlord tenant lawyer” or alternative options.

Related Pages

Many laws for tenants and landlords are made at the state level, so be sure to read our Guide to Laws for Tenants and Renters in California. See our Legal Basics for more info on how the local, state, and federal laws work together.

However, for renters under rent control, the city of Los Angeles has many specific laws. See our Guide to Rent Control in Los Angeles.

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