Glendale City Council adopted a new law that governs the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. It protects the tenants by providing them with offering a more extensive Just Cause Eviction Program and regulating landlords’ ability to increase rent. The program covers the following:
The new law requires all landlords who own non-exempt properties to provide a written lease of at least one year at the time of a rent increase. If tenants wish to reject the lease, they must notify their landlord within 14 days.
If a tenant fails to respond, the silence is viewed as a rejection. Upon rejection of the lease, the tenant and landlord can begin negotiations for a month-to-month agreement.
When a landlord first presents the tenant with a rent increase, they have to provide a lease of at least one year. When sending out the notice of an increase in rent, they must provide a written notice of the tenant’s right to relocation assistance.
When the tenant and landlord start discussing a new lease agreement, the landlord is obligated to give the tenant a one-year lease. If they accept it, the landlord has to offer them a one-year renewal lease 90 days before the existing one expires.
If, however, they reject the offer and get into a month-to-month agreement, the landlord has to offer them a new lease of at least one year at the time of their first rent increase a year after the rejection.
Just Cause Eviction
Since lease offers have become compulsory under the Right To Lease program, Glendale has repealed the exemption of providing a one-year lease with Just Cause Eviction.
If a tenant vacates a unit following an increase in rent by up to 7% in a period of 12 months, the landlord has to pay relocation benefits to them. Where applicable, landlords have to pay half of the relocation assistance charges within five business days after receiving their tenant’s written notice of their intention to vacate. They should pay the remaining half within five business days of the tenant vacating the unit.
Banking Provision lets landlords save their unused rent increases and apply them to a future increase in rent. The total bank cannot go over 21%, and landlords can’t use their bank for over 15% rent increase within 12 months without prompting a relocation.
The new ordinance became effective as of March 2019. As of April 2019, rent for all non-exempt units and those constructed before or in February 1995 have to be rolled back to the Base Rent levels that were provided in the Rent Freeze Ordinance 5919.
Working with a property management company makes it easy for landlords to understand the existing regulations and the best way to implement them. Glendale property management is not only convenient but also a way to minimize legal issues. If you are looking for property management in Glendale, contact Real Property Management today and get a free assessment.
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