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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.   

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The city of Long Beach released a report this week on a potential affordable-housing mandate for new developments. The mandate could come through an inclusionary-housing ordinance. Such ordinances require a portion of units in new developments be priced at below-market levels.

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Despite massive turnout in opposition, the Culver City Council voted this week to impose a 12-month cap on rent increases. The ordinance, approved on a 4-1 vote on Monday, took effect immediately. It limits rent adjustments to 3% and brings both eviction controls and a rent registry to the city.

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Los Angeles County is expected to begin exploring a potential “electrification” policy that could ultimately phase out the use of natural gas for heating apartments and other residential and commercial buildings in unincorporated parts of the county. On Tuesday, L.A. County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl will introduce a motion to research “electrification programs either through new construction or renovation [of] existing building stock.”

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The California Apartment Association this week published a pair of “Industry Insight” papers to help rental housing owners comply with new relocation-assistance ordinances in the cities of Pasadena and Long Beach. In Pasadena, a relocation allowance for tenants in good standing took effect July 13. The ordinance expanded the eligibility of displaced tenants to receive a relocation allowance and moving expenses from the landlord. Moreover,  it increased relocation amounts and protections for tenants then the property is sold to a new owner who then increases the rent by more than CPI+5%, serves a termination notice, or evicts the tenant. For… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is rallying rental housing owners and managers in Culver City to oppose a temporary rent cap going before the City Council on Aug. 12. The yearlong rent freeze proposal is expected to cap rent increases at 3%, although that figure could change. The interim ordinance also would impose “just cause” eviction restrictions.

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Long Beach may soon require that new developments in the city include a certain amount of affordable housing.   That mandate could come from an inclusionary-housing ordinance. The city commissioned an economic feasibility study on the policy and recently finished community workshops on how inclusionary housing might be applied in Long Beach.    

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance taking effect next week in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Effective Friday, July 19, the county’s “source of income protection” law requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The ordinance, approved by county supervisors in June, bans blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. It also prohibits landlords from rejecting an applicant… Read More

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Despite massive turnout and opposition from the rental housing industry, the Culver City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to pursue a yearlong, 3% cap on rent increases. City staff will now draft the rent-freeze ordinance, with a formal council vote expected in August. If approved, the ordinance would then have a retroactive effective date of June 24. 

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Both the city and county of Los Angeles this week advanced policies that will require landlords to consider applicants who would use Section 8 to help pay their rent.   The ordinances – one for the city of L.A., the other for the county’s unincorporated areas – will prohibit landlords from rejecting applicants based on their use of housing vouchers and other government assistance. Further, the laws will prohibit landlords from advertising that Section 8 is not accepted at their properties.   While the city ordinance is expected to take effect in January 2020, the county has not yet determined an effective date for its… Read More

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