Torrance Adopts Urgency Ordinance to Protect Renters from No-Fault Evictions
Torrance, Calif., October 30, 2019 – On Tuesday Oct. 29, Torrance City Council adopted an urgency ordinance to temporarily prohibit and protect renters from no-fault evictions through December 31, 2019, for residential real property built prior to January 1, 2005. The urgency ordinance comes as a response to the Tenant Protections Act of 2019 also known as Assembly Bill 1482 (AB 1482), which was passed early this month and becomes effective January 1, 2020. AB 1482 limits annual rent increases to 5% plus the rate of inflation to a maximum of 10%. The bill also requires landlords to provide a "just cause" for evicting tenants and, in some circumstances, pay for tenants to relocate. Torrance tenants have already reported experiencing a surge of no-fault eviction notices and threats of eviction. AB 1482 will provide renter protections to approximately 22,930 households in the City of Torrance.
The City of Torrance is experiencing a housing affordability crisis, which is driving homelessness and displacement of residents to an unprecedented scale. Torrance’s Housing Element indicates that 36% of the City's renters are rent burdened, paying over 30 percent of their income on rent and approximately 55% of elderly renters are considered rent burdened.
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