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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.
The California Apartment Association is working to protect ethical landlords from being unfairly punished under separate “anti-harassment” ordinances moving forward in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Los Angeles proposal aims to prevent landlords from taking a variety of steps considered by the city to be harassment, such as threatening to report a tenant to immigration authorities, refusing to accept lawful rent payments from a tenant, or retaliating against a renter for participating in a tenants union. Already, a robust state law protects tenants from harassment, and CAA is working to ensure that no ordinance can be misused for frivolous… Read More
The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday voted to help tenants cover unpaid rent accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide an additional $3 million in community relief funding to tenants unable to pay rent during the outbreak. Anaheim will provide a total of $5 million in housing assistance to its residents. The funding will kick in after the city’s eviction moratorium ends May 31, however the California Apartment Association is working with city staff to provide more immediate relief. The council also considered extending the moratorium until June 31, but the proposal failed. The moratorium prohibits landlords from… 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
As expected, the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday formalized its approval of an ordinance that will effectively cap rent increases at 10% on the city’s older apartment buildings and limit the ability of landlords to terminate tenancies. Approval of the second reading came on a 6-3 vote, the same as with last month’s first reading.
Over CAA’s objections, the Long Beach City Council this week approved an ordinance that effectively caps rent increases at 10% on the city’s older apartment buildings and limits the ability of landlords to terminate tenancies. The Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, which advanced Tuesday on a 6-3 vote, contains forms of both rent control and so-called “just cause” eviction policies. The council is expected to formalize approval of the ordinance with a second vote June 11.