City of Long Beach Inspection Program

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Question: What Do They All Have in Common?

Answer: AACSC Heavy Involvement

Now, the news.

City of Long Beach Inspection Program Should Soon Come Before the City Council

The Long Beach City Council may adopt an ordinance that will modify and formalize the current rental inspection program for all properties that have four or more units. The inspection program would allow, though not require, inspectors to cite multi-unit rental properties for any code violation that may be based on the newest codes and for small and serious code violations. The program would permit city inspectors to conduct periodic inspections on an annual basis.

In addition, the City may also require landlords to deliver to all new tenants a disclosure statement detailing the rights and responsi bilities of landlords and tenants.

Finally, tenant organizers are asking the City to adopt a Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP) that could place any number of rental properties into a City-administered management agreement during which time tenants could pay the City substantially reduced monthly rent while repairs are being made.

Your Association is dedicating a tremendous amount of resources to each one of these issues with the goal of protecting your interests.

New Tenant Remedies

At the state level, Sacramento Legislators will be considering SB7 (Wolk) which proposes limitations on billing tenants, prohibits landlords from evicting tenants that do not pay their water bills, grants tenants a long grace period to pay water bills without penalty, and requires landlords to repair every water related problem within 14 days regardless of the circumstances.

SB7 also prohibits water service from being turned off for any reason. Huh? How could property owners repair a broken water pipe without turning off the water? Negotiations are ongoing. Special remedies for tenants who may or may not have water-related problems are not appropriate or needed.

Bed Bugs

One issue that landlords, tenants, commercial property owners and even government (including the FHA Washington, DC offices) have, that is seemingly difficult to eradicate, is bed bugs. The City and County of San Francisco is the only local government to have addressed this issue in our State.

The Western Center on Law and Poverty has promised to sponsor a bill this year that will regulate bed bugs in residential rental properties. New tenants are to receive a special disclosure statement before taking occupancy.

Only pest control operators will be authorized to treat bed bugs, and tenants will be required to temporarily relocate during the treatment process.

The difficulty lies in details of the bill. Details include: who will pay for the cost of pest control work? If a tenant refuses to relocate or permit the pest control operator into a unit, what new remedies will landlords have for eradicating bed bugs? If a tenant brings bed bugs into a unit, will landlords be required to have the pest control operator treat adjacent units, which begs the question: will landlords be given new inspection duties?

We have our work cut out for us this year.

Please join us at the Petroleum Club for our March Membership Meeting.

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