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If you’re a Los Angeles landlord whose tenants can’t pay the rent because of COVID-19, you may want to refer them to the city. The L.A. City Council has approved a $100 million rent relief fund to help cover the rent of lower-income tenants who’ve been financially hurt by the virus. To qualify for a grant, a tenant must earn 80% of the area median income or less and be able to document an inability to pay the rent because of coronavirus. Only tenants can apply for the subsidies, not landlords. And renters must act quickly. The city will only… Read More
Los Angeles city residents may eventually vote on a proposed “vacancy tax,” but it won’t be this year. After a letter-writing campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association, the City Council on Wednesday decided unanimously to wait until at least 2022 to place such a tax on the ballot. The tax would apply to owners of property that sits unoccupied for a specified amount of time.
Over objections from CAA, the city of Los Angeles is rushing to place a “vacancy tax” measure on the November ballot that could create steep tax penalties for landlords with unoccupied units. The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously directed staff lawyers to draft the proposal, which is being modeled after ordinances in Oakland and Vancouver, Canada. On Tuesday, the council is expected to decide whether to place the measure on the ballot — a move that would cost the city at least $12 million.
The Burbank city clerk has rejected a rent control initiative targeted for the fall because tenant activists failed to include legally required wording on their petition and in a newspaper notice. In April, rent control proponents submitted signatures to the city. The city clerk, however, discovered that the petitions failed to include the complete notice of intent to circulate or the statement of reasons. The same omissions occurred in the notice of intent published in the Burbank Leader. “I am hereby rejecting each and every Initiative Petition Section submitted to my office on April 13, 2020,” the city clerk, Zizette… Read More
Thanks to the advocacy work of its members, the California Apartment Association now has more time to educate Los Angeles city officials about the problems of expanding their “just cause” eviction policies. On Thursday, the L.A. City Council’s housing committee was scheduled to consider applying the city’s “just cause” eviction rules to all housing in the city, including condos and single-family homes. The committee, however, tabled that decision after hearing from thousands of CAA members. “In less than 24 hours, over 6,500 messages were sent to council,” Beverly Kenworthy, CAA’s vice president of public affairs in L.A., said after the… Read More
Owners of rent controlled housing in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will be hit the hardest under newly approved rental registration fees. The annual fees include $90 for buildings covered by the county’s rent control ordinance and $30 on all other buildings. The county Board of Supervisors approved the charges Tuesday, despite opposition from the California Apartment Association. The fees apply in areas of the county that aren’t in any city jurisdictions.
The California Apartment Association has defeated a proposal to extend Los Angeles County’s emergency eviction moratorium until Aug. 31. The Board of Supervisors this week instead extended the moratorium until June 30. It can then be extended on a month-by-month basis. Several concerning proposals, however, continued to advance and will come back for another vote.These include proposals to: Classify unpaid rent due to COVID-19 as consumer debt and create a “private right of action” for violations of the eviction moratorium order. Explore a “right to purchase” private properties. Under this proposal, an owner needing to sell a property would first… Read More
Despite immense opposition from CAA, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to prolong its COVID-19 related rent freeze by more than a year, and likely much longer. Under the council’s decision, the rent freeze, which applies to locally rent controlled housing, will remain in place for one year following the expiration of the local COVID-19 emergency. The emergency, though, lacks a definite end date. The council also updated its eviction moratorium to give tenants a private right of action against a landlord, a move expected to create a cottage industry of lawsuits against property owners. The private right… Read More
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday rejected several items that posed threats to California’s rental housing industry, including a move that would have violated the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. On a 7-6 vote, the council: Rejected an extension of the city’s freeze on rent increases to property shielded from local rent control laws under Costa-Hawkins. The city attorney warned the council that such an action would violate state law. The council also voted against extending the rent freeze to properties covered under Assembly Bill 1482, the statewide rent cap law that went into effect Jan. 1. Rejected an attempt… Read More