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Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday will consider extending a temporary rent cap they approved last year, a move that lays the groundwork to pursue a permanent rent control measure. Supervisors also will consider expanding the “just cause” eviction provision to cover all properties, not just rentals built after 1995.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Long Beach City Council voted 6-3 to draft a tenant relocation ordinance that will bring a form of rent and eviction controls to the city. CAA remains opposed to the forthcoming ordinance, which is expected to require landlords with buildings of four units or more to pay relocation assistance when tenants receive certain types of termination notices. Buildings with four units would be exempt only when the owner lives in the building.
Voters will soon decide whether to increase taxes on improvements to buildings within the Los Angeles Unified School District, including apartments. On the June 4 ballot is Measure EE, which would levy a parcel tax of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements annually for 12 years. If approved, the measure is expected to raise $500 million per year for L.A. Unified, which is the nation’s second largest school district.
For the first time in a decade, the city of Los Angeles plans to bump up its annual cap on rent increases for rent controlled housing. During a 12-month period beginning in July, landlords with rent controlled units will be able to raise rents by up to 4 percent. The city has allowed rent increases on rent controlled housing just three times since 1993, the last time being in 2009, Curbed Los Angeles reported. For more information, see this flier from the L.A. Housing and Community Investment Department.
Southern California landlords can soon receive increased rebates for installing high-efficiency toilets in qualifying apartments. The boosted rebates are part of an 18-month pilot program from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The program, which begins Monday, March 18, aims to replace 10,000 toilets in older multifamily housing and significantly increase water conservation in the region’s disadvantaged communities. The district’s rebate will grow from $40 to $250 for premium high-efficiency models. To qualify, the toilets (1.1 gallons per flush or less) must be installed in apartments built before 1994. Pre- and post-inspections required. Metropolitan is also providing $1.5 million… Read More
The Inglewood City Council this week temporarily capped rent increases at 5 percent and imposed an interim “just cause” eviction measure. The rent moratorium and eviction control ordinances are scheduled to last 45 days but can be renewed for up to a year by the council. The rent cap applies to pre-1995 apartments.
Proposals that would require Santa Barbara landlords to offer yearlong leases and provide relocation assistance after certain types of displacement continued to move forward this week. On Tuesday, the city’s Ordinance Committee advanced the “right to a lease” and relocation fee proposals to the full City Council, which will consider adopting the measures in the coming months. The committee also voted 2-1 to ask the council to reconsider “just cause” eviction, a policy that the California Apartment Association opposes unequivocally.
The Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee this week requested to review “just cause” and eviction-control policies, veering from two years’ worth of Landlord/Tenant Task Force work and recommendations. On Tuesday, the ordinance committee expressed interest in eviction controls, even though the latest task force recommendations make no mention of this counterproductive housing policy. CAA opposes “just cause” eviction restrictions, which prolong the eviction process and make it more difficult and costly to terminate tenancies. Just cause ordinances also make it more difficult and expensive to provide quality housing at affordable rates. Efforts to bring reasonable rental housing policies to Santa Barbara… Read More
A settlement agreement surrounding RecycLA, Los Angeles’ beleaguered waste-hauling franchise system, would fail to bring much-needed relief to multifamily housing owners in Los Angeles, says Beverly Kenworthy, vice president of public affairs fore CAA Los Angeles. The settlement agreement is between the Bureau of Sanitation and the six exclusive franchise haulers, ending a 15-month dispute, the L.A. Times reported. Since the program was rolled out in 2017, members of the California Apartment Association have seen a dramatic decline in service, including multiple missed pick-ups, while rates have soared by as much as 400 percent.
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… Read More