On Feb. 12, Councilman Curren Price introduced a motion that would require landlords to pull government permits before issuing tenants a notice to vacate. The proposal would close a loophole in State law AB 1482, which went into effect this year and was intended to protect renters in good standing from being evicted.
Landlords had been using an exception in the law to evict tenants in order to perform “substantial renovations.” The law, however, did not require landlords to pull those permits or describe the work in order to issue notices to vacate.
“It is clear that landlords are using this loophole to get around the protections that were intended for renters under AB1482,” Councilman Price said.
Under the proposed ordinance, which would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, landlords would be required to pull permits before emptying a unit, and they must describe the planned work to tenants before issuing notices to vacate. A similar ordinance was passed in the City of Long Beach this week. The motion is expected to come to the full City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
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