CAA improves rental housing proposal in Glendale, but problematic relocation fees remain
Although CAA has secured several positive changes to a rental housing ordinance under consideration in Glendale, a worrisome relocation-fee component remains in the proposal.
The City Council introduced the ordinance Tuesday night and is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance at its Feb. 12 meeting.
Although characterized as a “right to a lease” ordinance, the measure included a number of other elements that concerned the California Apartment Association.
The council has agreed to remove:
- A rent registry.
- A mandatory mediation program.
- An increase to current no-cause eviction relocation fees.
Still in the ordinance, however, are relocation fees that would be prompted when rent increases exceed 7 percent. The fees would apply to pre-1995 multifamily housing and assess fees on the following schedule:
- 1-3 years: 3 months rent.
- 4 years: 4 months rent.
- 5 years: 5 months rent.
- 6 or more years: 6 months rent.
CAA objects to basing the fees on length of tenancy, as opposed to a needs-based formula. Also still in the ordinance and of concern to CAA is a 120-day lease renewal notice.