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November 2020 election which if voter approved will result in the repeal of the City Council’s recent adoption of the permanent rent control ordinance and require that any further rent control ordinance be subject to voter approval. The Association supports this ballot measure and urges members residing in Culver City to vote Yes on Measure B.
BURBANK BALLOT MEASURE RC- RENT CONTROL INITIATIVE ON NOVEMBER 2020 BALLOT
On October 6th, the Burbank City Council received a report (California Elections Code Section 9212) on the impacts of the initial ordinance on rent stabilization and renter protections- Ballot Measure RC. The City Council had previously requested a more in-depth report relative to the potential impacts of the ballot measure. An outside consultant conducted and presented the independent report to the Council. Following the consultant’s presentation, the City Council posed questions, raised concerns about the ballot measure, the fiscal implications, the autonomy of the Landlord-Tenant Commission, and conflicts with the City Charter. Of particular concern, as the measure is written, the Landlord-Tenant Commission would have the authority to unilaterally consider instituting vacancy control should Proposition 21 be approved in conjunction with the approval of Measure RC. The consultant noted one of the biggest issues with the measure is that the City is responsible for the Commission’s actions without any authority to overrule such actions other than removal of the members of the Commission. This measure would be detrimental to Burbank.
Generally, Measure RC includes “just cause” eviction requirements, relocation fees ranging from $8,050 to $20,050 and limits annual rent increase adjustments to 0 to 7 percent based on the Consumer Price
Index (CPI), and a rental housing fee. The measure would also establish a Landlord-Tenant Commission consisting of five members with broad authority.
The Association is part of an opposition campaign to defeat the Burbank Rent Control Ballot Initiative. We urge members residing in the City of Burbank to vote NO on Measure RC.
GLENDALE CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS ESTABLISHMENT OF A LANDLORD/TENANT COMMISSION
At the time of the writing of this article, the Glendale City Council meeting had not been held.
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On Tuesday, October 13 , the Glendale City
Council will receive and file a report relative to the establishment of a landlord/tenant commission. If the City Council decides to explore the matter further, staff would return later with a detailed plan. The staff report provided a brief historical overview, discussed landlord/tenant commissions in the cities of Burbank and Culver City and options that the Glendale City Council may advance such as establishing a commission, instituting a temporary working committee/taskforce, or maintaining the current process. Prior to the meeting, the Association submitted a letter to the City Council noting the local and state protections currently afforded, potentially duplicative responsibilities that such a commission would have that are presently and effectively being conducted by City staff through the Rental Rights Program, and recommending that the current process be maintained. We will continue to monitor this issue, advocate for our members interests and provide updates.
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