On Tuesday June 2, the Long Beach City Council addressed a first reading of a proposed Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) that would formally codify into an ordinance, a long-standing informal policy of inspecting rental properties in the City of Long Beach. The first pro posed ordinance name was Multi-Housing Habit ability Inspection Program (MHHIP), which soon morphed into Rental Housing Inspection Program (RHIP), which is now the Pro active Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP).

Getting from MHHIP to PRHIP has been a work in progress. AACSC members have, for many months beginning in late 2014, met with stakeholders including Tenants Rights Advocates, City Council Members, and with City Staff. The result is PRHIP, a well-reasoned approach to inspecting rental housing stock in Long Beach while holding accountable those property owners who would collect rent, but not invest in maintaining their property thus ignoring the welfare of their tenants, and devaluing surrounding property values. As I said when speaking before the City Council on June 2, “Quality rental housing at every socio-economic level is critical to our community as a whole. With it, we have a vibrant and healthy rental housing stock and an excellent relationship between tenants and rental property owners. Without it, our community is tarnished and the lives of those adversely affected suffer.”

So where do we go from here? I call upon all vested interests: Tenants, Housing Providers, City Council and City Staff alike to work together in solving common interests in the essential industry of housing. Refrain from making demeaning com ments, using innuendo, emotional rhe toric, and placing blame. Instead let’s rely on our common interests, solid reason ing, and by all means, attend future City Council meetings.

In a prior life, I was a 5th grade teacher and by the end of their 5th grade year, my students knew as much as I could impart to them about U.S. Presidents. So in using a common intro one U.S. President would so famously rely upon when formulating his answer to a reporter’s question, “Let me say this about that.” There is no room for the citizens of Long Beach, tenants and rental housing providers alike, to allow the existence of serious code viola tions. Members of the Apartment Associ ation, California Southern Cities and staff believe in a zero tolerance policy. Inspections of known violating properties absolutely must continue. In particular, inspections
should focus on slumlord properties, a term defined in law as: Properties where serious code violations exist.

As always, I look forward to meeting and talking with people at our monthly membership meetings. Now I’m going to add that I look forward to meeting and talking with people at weekly meetings of the Long Beach City Council. Come and let your voice be heard and be a part of the solution.

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