By: David Rosenfeld
El Segundo has apparently become the latest city to enact a ban on no-fault evictions before a similar state law takes effect next month.
The City Council seemingly approved the ban, with some exceptions, during a special meeting Friday, Dec. 6. The state law, which would also restrict no-fault evictions, goes into effect Jan. 1.
There was some confusion among city staff on Friday afternoon, however, over whether the council did in fact intend to pass a ban on no-fault evictions between Oct. 8 and Dec. 31, or just require landlords to pay tenants one month’s rent.
“There is some clarification with exactly what the council intended that we need to look at,” said Deputy City Clerk Mona Shilling.
Moved by the recent testimony of several residents who received eviction notices lately — in one case, an entire building of seven tenants — the City Council chose to convene a special meeting on Friday morning to discuss an emergency ordinance that would restrict no-fault evictions for tenants living in buildings at least 15 years old.
But when it came time to vote on the ordinance, confusion ensued.
As City Attorney Michael Hensley read out the ordinance, the council suggested several amendments. One of those amendments was to allow no-fault evictions under certain circumstances, but to require landlords to pay tenants one month’s rent — the same as the state law.