Apartment Association of Los Angeles County, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles

Housing Justice

Tenant Rights Groups Join Legal Fight to Defend City of LA’s Tenant Protections

In January 2023, The Los Angeles City Council passed permanent tenant protections to help thousands of Angeleno renters stay in their homes and prevent them from falling into homelessness. The protections were passed to safeguard renters’ housing security as COVID eviction protections were set to expire.

The new ordinances include the Nonpayment Threshold Ordinance, which prohibits evictions based on nonpayment unless the tenant is behind at least one month’s fair market rent, and the Relocation Assistance for Economic Displacement Ordinance, which requires landlords to provide relocation assistance to tenants forced to leave due to a significant rent increase. Thanks to these protections, Angelenos can no longer be evicted for being a few dollars short on rent, nor will they be forced to move due to exorbitant rent increases without also receiving support for moving and relocation expenses.

In March 2023, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) filed a legal action seeking to overturn the ordinances. The challenge is yet another attempt by AAGLA to undermine critical common-sense tenant protections in Los Angeles so that landlords can more easily evict tenants or use rent increases to force tenants to self-evict.

In April 2023, tenant rights groups InnerCity Struggle (ICS) and Community Power Collective (CPC) filed paperwork to intervene and join the City of Los Angeles in the defense of the protections. Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), and Susman Godfrey LLP are the attorneys for ICS and CPC – organizations that represent thousands of low-income tenants who are still struggling to recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic. In May 2023, Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted the motion to intervene.

In May 2023, the Court denied a motion from the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) for a preliminary injunction to halt the enforcement of the two renter protection ordinances.

It is vital that tenants in Los Angeles—especially those not protected by the city’s rent stabilization ordinance—are safeguarded against eviction, homelessness, and displacement. Many households have not recovered from the economic impact of the pandemic, with an estimated one-third of households unable to afford rent. There is concern that without the City’s strengthened renter protections, a new wave of evictions and homelessness will occur.

UPDATE: January 17, 2024 – Judge Mitchell Beckloff has denied the petitioner’s legal challenge, finding that the City of L.A.’s tenant protection ordinances are both well within the limits set by state law. If AAGLA appeals the ruling, the ordinances will remain in effect during court proceedings. For more info, see the press release here.


Superior Court of The State of California, County of Los Angeles


Petition for Writ of Mandate DENIED

Case No.



4/18/2023 (Motion to intervene filed)

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Case Developments and Key Developments


Petition for Writ of Mandate DENIED

Judge Mitchell Beckloff denied AAGLA’s legal challenge, finding that the City of L.A.’s tenant protection ordinances are both well within the limits set by state law.



Court Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Judge Mitchell Beckloff denied a motion from AAGLA for a preliminary injunction to halt the enforcement of L.A.’s renter protection ordinances.



Motion to Intervene Granted



AAGLA Files Petition for Writ of Mandate


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Community Power Collective

Community Power Collective builds power with low-income workers and tenants through transformative organizing to win economic justice, community control of land and housing, and to propagate systems of cooperation in Boyle Heights and the greater LA region.

InnerCity Struggle

InnerCity Struggle’s mission is to ignite a transformational and intergenerational movement by building community power to advance justice, life opportunities, and dignity in the Eastside of Los Angeles.

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Legal Team

Public Counsel


Bet Tzedek

Bet Tzedek – The House of Justice – is an internationally recognized force in economic justice law and one of the largest legal aid organizations in Los Angeles County. With more than 100 staff members, supported by more than 1,200 active volunteers nationally who effectively leverage our staff resources, Bet Tzedek assists those most in need with some of the most pressing legal issues faced by our communities, including: elder abuse, employment rights violations, landlord/tenant and housing matters, real estate fraud and foreclosure prevention, basic estate planning, Holocaust reparations, probate guardianship, low-income tax advocacy, small business development, transgender advocacy, and public benefits. With a growing volunteer base, we harness an award-winning pro bono model of service to help people of all communities and generations secure life’s necessities. In addition to direct legal representation in each of these areas, Bet Tzedek staff conducts expansive outreach and education programs, and undertakes impact litigation and policy advocacy on issues of significance to our clients. In 2022, we served over 85,000 individuals and families regardless of race, religion, immigration-status, or sexual orientation.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved – leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. Every year, LAFLA provides free, high-quality legal services to more than 100,000 people living in poverty across Greater Los Angeles. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the front lines in vulnerable communities, and at the forefront of change.

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Susman Godfrey is a nationwide law firm of 150 trial lawyers. We handle high-stakes litigation in a broad range of practice areas and industries, for both plaintiffs and defendants. We are creative in finding the fee arrangement—contingent, flat, hourly, or hybrid—that best suits a client’s case. With a relentless focus on winning at trial, Susman Godfrey has been ranked by Vault as the #1 litigation boutique in America for 12 consecutive years. Visit susmangodfrey.com to learn more about our unique approach to winning cases.