News: Los AngelesFilter
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the city of Los Angeles to prohibit all rent increases in rent controlled units, approve a far-reaching eviction moratorium, and grant tenants one year to cover unpaid rent. These actions go well beyond a statewide eviction moratorium ordered last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mayor Eric Garcetti’ ordered his prohibition on rent increases Monday night, affecting roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. Prior to his order, the annual cap on rent increases for these units sat at 4%, a figure based on the rate of inflation. The California Apartment Association agrees that landlords should not be… Read More
In the city of Long Beach, planning a major renovation project is no longer enough to terminate a tenancy. Now, city landlords must also have a permit in-hand before proceeding with this type of eviction — a requirement that could delay remodeling projects. The city of Los Angeles also is pursuing this type of ordinance. Under AB 1482, the newly imposed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law, landlords can file no-fault evictions for a few select reasons, including to perform substantial renovations to their properties.
A Los Angeles city councilman wants to lower the annual rent cap to 60% of the Consumer Price Index, the same formula used in San Francisco. At present, the annual cap on rent increases for rent controlled housing in L.A. comes to 4%, a figured determined by the rate of inflation. The city’s ordinance also includes a 3% floor, meaning rents can never be capped below 3% no matter what happens to CPI.
A Los Angeles city councilman wants to use eminent domain to prevent rents in a Chinatown building from returning to market rates after a 30-year wait. A motion by Councilman Gil Cedillo asks staff to return in 30 days with recommendations for acquiring Hillside Villa, where rents on 59 affordable units are scheduled to adjust to market rates in September.
At least for now, West Hollywood’s one-year lease policy is no more. Since 2017, the city has enforced a zoning amendment that effectively bans leases of less than one year for new tenants in post-2001 housing. In the fall, the City Council moved to expand the requirement to all units in the city.
Wildfire-related protections against rent gouging will remain in effect for at least the rest of 2020 for several California counties. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Dec. 23 extended price-gouging protections until Dec. 31, 2020, for the following counties: Butte, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Sonoma and Ventura. The governor’s order keeps in effect Penal Code Section 396, which makes it illegal to increase the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10% above pre-emergency levels. Newsom’s office said the extended protections are intended to assist communities across the state recovering from devastating wildfires dating back to 2017. … Read More
The California Apartment Association this week issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance taking effect Jan. 1 in the city of Los Angeles. Effective New Year’s Day, the city’s “source of income protection” law will require 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. This ordinance mirrors the provisions in SB 329, a statewide Section 8-related law also taking effect Jan. 1. Both the L.A. ordinance and SB 329 ban blanket policies against renting… Read More
Long Beach City Council members Tuesday voted to repeal their tenant-relocation ordinance, concluding that the local measure would be unnecessary once AB 1482 takes effect. The ordinance will be repealed effective Jan. 1 2020, the same day that the state will begin implementing AB 1482, California’s new statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law.
Despite staunch opposition from the California Apartment Association, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a permanent rent control ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county. The approval came on a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Kathryn Barger dissenting. Tuesday’s decision followed two years of hearings, meetings and public testimony from CAA about the drawbacks of local rent control ordinances.