CAA improves rental housing proposal in Glendale, but problematic relocation fees remain

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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.

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