34 NOVEMBER 2018 • WWW.AAGLA.ORG LOCAL GOVERNMENT UPDATE By Janet Gagnon, Director, Government Affairs and External Relations Local Advocacy Update Los Angeles County Rent Freeze: On September 11, 2018, the County of Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors passed a motion to establish a rent freeze ordinance limiting annual rent increases to no more than 3.0% for Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas. The freeze means that owners would not be able to raise rents by more than 3.0% annually using September 11th as the base rent. The ordinance is to be in place for six months and could be extended by the Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors directed staff to draft a final ordinance within the next 60 days to be brought back to the Board of Supervisors for final vote on November 13th. If it passes on the final vote, then the ordinance would become effective 30 days later. The ordinance will also include some type of “just cause” provisions that will limit an owner’s ability to evict tenants. The exact language will not be known until the final draft is brought back to the Board of Supervisors for review. We encourage all members in Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas to write to the Board of Supervisors and urge them to oppose the rent freeze on November 13th. Each Supervisor’s contact information can be found at BoardContactInformation.pdf. Proposition 10: The County of Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 to support Proposition 10. The motion, which was made by Supervisors Kuehl and Solis that the County should support Proposition 10 as a means of local control. However, what it really does is discourage development and puts “mom & pop” owners at risk for going out of business. If Proposition 10 passes, then the County could adopt vacancy control, meaning that owners could never raise the rent to market rate in rent controlled jurisdictions, even when tenants vacate voluntarily. Further, support of Proposition 10 could mean that the County itself is considering establishing rent control for single family homes and condominiums as well, which has been discussed in their Tenant Protections Working Group. City of Los Angeles Mandatory Section 8 (a/k/a, Source of Income or Anti- Discrimination Section 8): A motion was presented by Council member Paul Krekorian to the Housing Committee on June 27, 2018 that passed unanimously to create an ordinance against Section 8 discrimination. During the Committee meeting, it was claimed that rental housing owners were refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers because there was a “stigma” associated with the vouchers. The motion then went to the full City Council on August 1, 2018. Our Association wrote 2 formal comment letters to the full City Council in advance of the meeting explaining that there was no stigma against the recipients of Section 8 vouchers. Rather, the Section 8 process itself is too cumbersome, confusing and financially burdensome for small “mom&pop”owners toparticipate in. There aremany instances during the process where owners receive delayed payments, including the first month’s rent, inspections, re-inspections and renewals. Further, we argued that it was unfair to require owners to participate in U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (H.U.D.) “voluntary” program by forcing them into accepting Section 8 vouchers under an anti-discrimination ordinance. While the motion was modified to ask staff for policy recommendations to encourage use of the Section 8 program, Council member Krekorian’s office has stated that it is their intent to push forward a full anti-discrimination ordinance forcing all rental housing owners in the City of Los Angeles into the