Development Services

Tenant Assistance Policies

In October 2019, the State of California enacted Assembly Bill 1482, the State Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482), which took effect January 1, 2020. AB 1482 caps rents at 5% plus inflation, as well as enumerates specific "just causes" that are required for a landlord to serve a notice to vacate.

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The City Council has taken new action to further extend an emergency ordinance that temporarily halts evictions for renters. On July 29, 2020, the Long Beach City Council voted to extend until Sept. 30, 2020 the ordinance that halts evictions for residential and certain commercial tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Council had first voted to extend the ordinance in May. For more information on that extension, see the press release. The Council originally adopted the ordinance in March amid the COVID-19 outbreak as part of a comprehensive rental relief package. See the press release for that action and the original emergency ordinance.


On February 18, 2020, the Long Beach City Council enacted Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) Chapter 8.99 as an emergency ordinance, which took effect immediately on February 18, 2020. This Ordinance codifies the provisions of AB 1482 into the City Code and strengthens the State Tenant Protection Act by requiring landlords to include a copy of all issued building rehabilitation permits and include detailed information regarding the scope of the improvements before they can issue a notice to terminate a tenancy for a no-fault just cause of demolition or substantial rehabilitation.


Furthermore, LBMC 8.99 voids all pending notices of termination served between January 1, 2020 and February 18, 2020 that were served for no-fault just cause of substantial rehabilitation or demolition of the unit. All voided notices are of no force or effect and must be re-issued under the new requirements of LBMC Chapter 8.99.

Tenant Assistance Programs

The State Law and the City Ordinance can be found at the links below.

Please note that the City does not provide legal assistance and does not mediate in tenant and landlord disputes. Either party may seek legal action against the other to enforce the provisions of these laws.


Resources

Notice of Availability of Rent Reporting to Credit Bureaus
Tenants and landlords can utilize rent-reporting services to report timely rent payments to credit bureaus. These services can assist tenants who pay rent on time to build credit history and/or improve their credit score.

Notice of Availability to Renter’s Insurance
Renter’s insurance policies are available for purchase by renters and can help to protect renters and replace personal belongings in the case of theft, fire, and/or water damage. A renter’s insurance policy may also cover medical expenses for visitors injured while at your rental unit, and in some cases may cover legal costs.

Fair Housing Foundation
3605 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 302
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 989-1206 | (800) 466-3247
www.fairhousingfoundation.com

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
601 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 399-4529

www.lafla.org