The debate over a West Hollywood’s one-year lease policy will continue into the fall. This past Monday, the West Hollywood City Council was scheduled to memorialize a zoning amendment that effectively bans leases of less than one year for new tenants in post-2001 housing. The council, however, was unable to agree on details of the amendment and will take up the issue again on Oct. 21.
After more than a year of discussion, the city of Santa Barbara has drafted proposed ordinances that could require rental housing providers to offer leases to prospective tenants, and in some cases, relocation assistance to displaced renters. First drafts of the ordinances were presented this week to the Santa Barbara City Council’s ordinance committee.
A proposal going before the Redwood City Council on Monday would guarantee that tenants of multifamily housing be offered leases of at least one year. Under a related proposal, rental property owners would need to off relocation assistance to tenants when certain conditions are met. The California Apartment Association generally supports the concept of these two policies, as they provide predictability and stability for housing providers and residents, without imposing overly burdensome regulations.
The California Apartment Association has published a form to help Mountain View landlords comply with the city’s upcoming “right to a lease” ordinance. The Mountain View City Council approved its new law Dec. 1, modeling it closely after a requirement in Palo Alto that rental owners offer residents the option of a 12-month lease. Mountain View officials believe that guaranteeing tenants the right to a fixed-term lease will provide stability for both renters and rental owners. To comply with the new law, which takes effect Thursday, Jan. 7, owners and managers should use CAA’s new lease addendum, available to members … Read More