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The Los Angeles Housing Committee last week advanced a proposal to raise the annual apartment inspection fee by nearly 60%. The committee also is changing the pass-through formula for the fee from 100% to 50% on rent-controlled properties.

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Long Beach on Tuesday launched its $30 million COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program. The program is part of the Long Beach Recovery Act and will help both renters and small property owners struggling to pay their mortgages. “We know the pandemic has caused massive hardships for local residents who are struggling to pay the bills,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in this news release. “We are hopeful this new program will help thousands across the city.” To be eligible, tenants must rent in Long Beach and meet the following criteria: The household has a household income at or below 80% of… Read More

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A newly drafted ordinance intended to thwart tenant harassment in Los Angeles should also protect ethical landlords from being unjustly targeted, said Fred Sutton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs.

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Thanks to the efforts of the California Apartment Association, multifamily operators in the city of Los Angeles can delay paying this year’s steep increase in waste-hauling charges for several months. This year’s ill-timed fee hike – 6.15% — came amid a pandemic that has left many city landlords unable to collect rent for nearly a year.

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Los Angeles County this month will begin holding a series of stakeholder meetings where rental property owners can discuss the impacts of the county’s eviction moratorium on their rental business. The moratorium applies to most cities in the county, although it excludes the city of Los Angeles. The first meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 25, and will include updates on the following: County’s eviction moratorium COVID renter protections Small business COVID relief Pending mortgage relief Rent relief program Officials also want to hear from rental housing providers. “Although there are several items they will be discussing,… Read More

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After hearing from members of the California Apartment Association, the Downey City Council this week unanimously rejected a local rent control proposal. Earlier this week, local rental housing providers, spearheaded by CAA, emailed City Council members in the Los Angeles suburb and urged them to reject local rent control.

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The city of Los Angeles wants its waste haulers to reconsider the timing of a fee increase on rental property owners and other customers. The city’s waste haulers have planned a 6.15% rate hike for 2021. Since 2017, rental property owners have been unable to negotiate and choose their waste-hauling services.

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While Los Angeles has left many landlords unable to collect any rent during the pandemic, it’s now given waste haulers the go-ahead to increase fees on those very rental property owners and other businesses. And those fees are jumping up to 6.15% The California Apartment Association has objected to the city’s apparent double standard. While trash-haulers raise prices, landlords face a stringent eviction moratorium, a freeze on rent increases, and in many circumstances, a prohibition on collecting any rent at all. 

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Long Beach on Tuesday unanimously approved a pathway for legalizing housing units that have been developed over time on existing structures but without building permits. These units are generally carved out of existing spaces, such as laundry rooms or storage areas, or have resulted from modest additions to existing multifamily buildings. The units may be safe and habitable yet remain out-of-compliance with underlying zoning regulations and development standards.

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 5-0 to extend its eviction moratorium measures through February. The L.A. County action includes anticipation of the possible expiration of AB 3088, which provides statewide eviction protections and rent deferral guidelines for COVID-19 affected renters.

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