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lower rent unit? I am genuinely conflicted about participating with my tenant’s application because he is not in need.
At the same time, my tenants with HUGE past due rent balances from last year and who are in serious need of help, are told over and over again that program funds have now run out. Further, it seems the Emergency Rental Assistance Program’s funds will be paid directly to my tenant if I do not assist with the application, not to the landlord. A landlord must then hope that a tenant will their landlord, but why should then when they know there are no consequences for failure to pay. Again, all of this is completely incomprehensible.
On Section 8 Housing in City of Los Angeles
Dear Editor:
I just received a Section 8, landlord newsletter from the City of Los Angeles, and on page 4 of the newsletter, it addresses source of income and Government Code Section 12955. The newsletter states “this statute applies to tenants that wish to contract in place with their existing landlord...the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, in reviewing a ‘Request for Tenancy Approval’ will not approve a lease agreement that increases the rent beyond what it would otherwise be if the tenant did not have a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV).”
I can see a situation where a long-term tenant living in a rent-controlled unit is paying less than market rent, and now the owner is being forced to accept a Section 8 adhesion contract at the controlled rent, not the payment standard permitted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is probably more. This seems to be fundamentally unfair. An owner should receive the HUD prevailing rent, payment standard, and not be stuck getting the old rent-controlled amount of rent. It looks like we need some legislation in Sacrament to amend the law and protect all of the landlords accepting Section 8 vouchers.
Matthew M., Santa Monica
(Editor’s Note: Not sure how the rental housing provider is being harmed since he or she is still getting the same amount of rent.)
On Los Angeles County’s Proposal to Extend Eviction
Protections Until January 31, 2022
To the Board of Supervisors:
I need help! I am a small, rent controlled apartment owner and I just cannot hold on any longer. I have done everything correctly. I have applied for emergency rental assistance for my tenants. But I cannot pay for my bills for much longer.
Someone in the City of Los Angeles had decided that August would be a great time to “slap” on another new Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) fee with no ability to pass-through the additional cost to tenants. It was also recently decided that “why not,” let the City’s trash haulers raise their rates by 6.1% while all of us housing providers are suffering under a rent increase freeze and eviction moratorium – our hands are tied and many of us are not collecting rent.
It seems as though it was also a great decision to continue with the City’s SCEP inspections with half of my tenants not wanting to allow anyone, particularly strangers, into their units out of fear for infection. And by the way, the little things the inspector cites, who is going to pay for that?
I now am struggling to refinance my single-family home to keep things running, but wait, that’s not so easy as my tax returns for 2020 show huge losses because I am not collecting rent is many cases.
If you are trying to help tenants by extending your eviction moratorium, you are on the wrong track. By forcing us “small fries” out of business, you will have even more problems. It’s the big fish with money and an office full of lawyers who will get lower paying tenants out. You know this and if for some reason you don’t, you should.
Rent relief has been coming way too late, if it actually comes at all, to continue to private welfare and affordable housing, and these days, free (the most affordable of all) housing, to my tenants, some of which have been there for over 40 years. I truly hope that you have a “big net” for all of the tenants when the time comes, and it will come, when I am forced to sell my property. You need to put on your thinking cap and get relief to housing providers fast. Everything else is open and doing business as usual, so why not us? Get it together!
Dana A., Los Angeles
Paris C., La Canada

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