Proposed ordinance to stop landlords from harassing renters clears advances in L.A. City Council

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L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo is seen in 2019. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo is seen in 2019. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles could soon usher in a new law that would ban landlords from harassing renters, more than four years after such a measure was first proposed at City Hall.

The proposed ordinance, which advanced through a key committee on Wednesday, would prohibit landlords from targeting renters in a range of ways, including threatening tenants with physical harm, telling others about their immigration status, falsely telling renters they have to clear out of a unit, and failing to follow standards to protect them from dust and asbestos.

It would also ban landlords from retaliating against tenants for organizing an association or union.

Renters and their advocates have championed the proposal for years, arguing that it would give tenants a desperately needed tool to fight threats and mistreatment meant to prod them out of their homes.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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