LIVE CHAT: Rental assistance, dealing with landlords and the eviction moratorium

Housing advocate Norberto Lopez of Long Beach Residents Empowered spoke with the Post Tuesday about local laws helping struggling renters during the pandemic.

Lopez discussed the City Council’s efforts to extend an eviction moratorium to May 2021 and allow renters to repay any missed rent by July 2021. The council voted to craft the ordinance Tuesday night.

Lopez also touched on how tenants can defend themselves against landlord harassment, whether through payment intimidation or through unnecessary construction and shutting off utilities at some apartment complexes.

Renters needing assistance can reach out to LiBRE at [email protected] or find LiBRE on Instagram at @wearelbre.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.