Closing a Loophole in the Tenant Protection Act

On Wednesday March 18, Councilmember Curren Price released the following statement on legislation that closes a loophole in AB 1482 that allowed landlords to evict tenants for "substantial renovations"

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, March 17 approved an urgency ordinance introduced by Councilman Curren Price that requires landlords to pull the necessary permits for renovations and submit plans of their property before issuing tenants a notice to vacate. The legislation closes a loophole in Assembly Bill 1482, the state's Tenant Protection Act, which went into effect Jan. 1 and allowed landlords to evict tenants in order to conduct “substantial renovations."

The state law, which prohibits evictions without “just cause” and caps rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation, allowed landlords to remove residents in cases of substantial renovations. It did not require landlords to obtain applicable permits before they can evict tenants or provide a description of the scope of work to be performed. The new City ordinance addresses the loophole.

“It’s imperative that we do everything we can to protect renters from displacement and stop more people from becoming homeless in the first place,” said Councilman Price. “Since the Tenant Protection Act went into effect, we heard time and again how unscrupulous landlords were wrongfully evicting long-term tenants in good standing from their homes claiming that it was due to substantial renovations and then hike up the rent for the next tenant. I believe that this added protection will get the City of LA one step closer to ending our current housing affordability crisis and help our renters stay in their homes.”

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