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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.

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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.

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Over the objections of CAA, the Inglewood City Council on Tuesday agreed to pursue a permanent rent control ordinance, “just cause” eviction policies, and a relocation assistance program tied to rent increases.   The council advanced these policies one week after extending a temporary rent control and just-cause measure for an additional 60 days. The interim ordinance caps rent increases at 5%.   Under the permanent rent control ordinance, rent increases would be limited to 8% each year.  

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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. 

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The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting thinly veiled forms of rent and eviction controls. Under the proposals, landlords would have to pay relocation assistance to tenants who receive certain termination notices and when tenants decide to move amid rent increases of 10 percent or more. Penalizing landlords for rent increases beyond a specified threshold is a method for capping rents, while forcing relocation payments after certain termination notices controls evictions.

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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.

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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

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Tenant advocates demanded rent control at this week’s Inglewood City Council meeting, but the city’s mayor said the policy isn’t the best path forward, pointing to Santa Monica as evidence. Outside groups and a small number of renter activists staged a mobilization during Tuesday’s council meeting, calling for both rent caps and “just cause” eviction measures.

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The city of Long Beach continues to tackle numerous housing policies with major implications for rental property owners. In the paragraphs below, we highlight issues that have prompted the involvement of the California Apartment Association and that will continue to unfold in 2019. To advocate for sound housing policy in the coming year, CAA will need abroad coalition of support. If you have an interest in Long Beach and would like to receive further updates on CAA efforts in the city, sign up here. Homeless Task Force On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the City Council received recommendations from Long Beach Mayor Robert… Read More

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Long Beach is crafting a proposal that would require all new residential developments to include a certain percentage of affordable housing. The city will seek public comment on the inclusionary housing proposal during meetings scheduled for Dec. 5 and Dec. 8. These meetings result from council direction earlier this year to boost the inventory of units dedicated to low-income individuals and families. CAA encourages members interested in this subject to attend the upcoming meetings and provide feedback. To view a flier on the community meetings, click here.

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