‘Flood of evictions’ looms in Los Angeles

December 03, 2022

National Public Radio: Tenant protections in Los Angeles County that have kept families housed throughout the pandemic are set to end Dec. 31, meaning more than 30,000 households could face eviction by the end of the year, according to researchers’ estimates based on county Superior Court records.

Los Angeles is “going to see the highest flood of evictions and, potentially, exacerbated homelessness on top of the conditions that they already had,” said Tim Thomas, director of UC Berkeley’s Eviction Research Network. “As these moratoria and rental assistance end, we’re seeing across the country a lot of cities have reached historical averages of eviction by August of this year — and are actually surpassing the historical average.”

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Tim Thomas was a co-PI on a C3.ai DTI-funded project in 2020, “Housing Precarity, Eviction, and Inequality in the Wake of COVID-19,” led by Karen Chapple, now professor emerita of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto.