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 Local Advocacy Update
At the March 4th Committee meeting, the Committee was presented with a short-term relief plan advanced by the RSPs to assist multifamily property owner customers impacted by the fee increase. Prior to the meeting and during the meeting’s public comment period, the Association urged the Committee to extend the deferral period in alignment with State and Local emergency measures through August 2022, for the Committee to revisit the matter by July 2021 to assess the situation and plan participation, and for the RSPs and the City to conduct robust outreach to ensure that property owners are aware of the deferral option. Due to our advocacy efforts, the Committee directed the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) to report back in 60 days on the status of the RecycLA Rate Impact Relief Plan.
The Rate Impact Relief Plan includes the following:
• Multifamily property owner customers can defer the 2021 rate increase beginning in April 2021 and anytime thereafter through September 30, 2021 by notifying their hauler.
• Multifamily property owners have until December 30, 2021 to pay the deferred amount which can be done through three monthly payments or a lump sum payment by December 30, 2021.
• For multifamily property owners who owe a deferred amount of over $1,000 as of October 1, 2021, the owner will be afforded, on a case-by-case basis, through a mutually agreed upon written agreement, 6 to up to 12 months to pay the deferred amount owed.
• There will be no late fees or finance charges associated with the deferred amounts.
To facilitate awareness of the relief plan and option
for multifamily property owners to defer the rate increase, the RSPs will be mailing postcards to all multifamily property owner customers to notify those customers of the payment deferral relief options. In addition, a letter will be included with the billing statement with the details of the rate impact deferment option. Because the availability of this deferment option is upon request only, we encourage owners who would be interested in the deferral option to contact their waste hauler.
(At the time of the writing of this article,
the Housing committee meeting had not been held.)
Following discussions that have spanned over several years, the Housing Committee will be considering advancement of a Citywide Tenant Anti-Harassment ordinance. The proposed ordinance if adopted by the City Council would provide renters with legal grounds to sue their rental housing provider for harassment through civil court proceedings. The ordinance would also make violations a criminal offense.
The Association does not condone or tolerate any form of renter harassment by its members under any circumstances. Throughout these deliberations we noted that State law already provides extensive renter anti-harassment protections. Further, we repeatedly raised concerns relative to the need to provide protections to rental housing providers who may also be subject to harassment and the need to ensure that all affected parties have legal remedies. While some of issues we previously raised have been addressed, there are several outstanding matters that we have asked the Housing committee to consider related to the definition of harassment, ensuring that rental housing providers are given notice and an opportunity to cure any alleged violations prior to the commencement of a civil action and the need to
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