In LA, concern that evictions will soar when moratorium ends
In normal times, LA County sheriffs serve about 30,000 eviction notices per year. The concern this year is that up to 495,000 households are at risk.
Okay, We're on our way to the first of what The sheriff's department is going to be. Six evictions they're gonna attempt today. Uh, in normal times, they're doing 30,000 evictions a year in L. A county alone. But that pales in comparison to what it might ultimately be. They're saying 495,000 households. That's not people. That's households are at risk of eviction. When the covert eviction moratoriums end, we went out with half a dozen deputies, led by Sergeant Richard Lutz, a 25 year veteran. No, you got a second to give us the scoop? Yeah, so? Apparently the initially we were told that the male had co vid. He took the test two weeks ago so that time has expired, so that can't stop it. The man who was living here is going to get his bets. It looks like from the back yard way watched as the occupants dropped off their pets to a neighbor and loaded other possessions into a car. The 2nd and 3rd apartments we stopped at were already vacated, which isn't unusual because the Sheriff's Department sends multiple notices in advance of the eviction warning. The occupants to leave. So it was just a matter of changing locks the first time I've ever been on. In addition, and it feels intense even to approach one of these houses. Do we know if they're here? Yes, they're supposed to be. So it's the middle unit on top here. Prediction. Prediction on number five. Open the door. They said, Hey, City have personal problems. Lost his job. He said he was waiting for this. He said he was waiting for it. Yeah, a lot of people do. They'll wait till the last second. I mean, I think I probably would if I was in the same position. You know, if you don't have anywhere to go, just stay there until we get there and then leap. This stuff stays with you, I guess as you can see your diving right in the middle of people's lives and altering them forever. As we waited, the resident left the apartment through a back door and we ran into him at his car. I heard you telling the guys that you work at you worked at Chipotle. Yeah, well used Thio was employed. That was my last place. And so what happened? I quit. That's pretty much it. How come you weren't paying? Uh, well, I was I didn't have a job. I gotta tell you, I'm really sorry that you're going through. It's okay. I've been through worse. So you don't know where you're gonna stay literally tonight. You don't know where you're going to stay? No, I mean that. Don't you think there's a chance you could end up staying in your car? Probably. But well, like, what can I do? You know, next was an unexpected eviction. Stop a pizzeria behind on its rent. The property manager was there to meet the officers. This started recovered for the past 11 months. He hasn't paid $1 rent. Another sign in the window. Another lock change just given the times. Cove it the way the economy is going with small businesses. Do you think they'll beam or like this in the future? I believe so, yes. Now we're in a really nice neighborhood. He's a really big houses. Probably million dollar homes. Not exactly sure where we are headed. We have some squatters in the house. It was owned by my sister. And so when you say squatters, these are people that moved in without permission. Correct. Those squatters had already vacated by the time we arrived, and that made six evictions in around two hours. But here in Los Angeles, the sheriff's department is bracing for when both federal and state moratoriums on evictions expire. You could be doing this a lot more in the not too distant future. Yes, a lot.