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  • 10/16/2023 10:16 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A tenant with "a disability related to mobility" can seek to be moved to a first-floor unit under a bill co-sponsored by the City of Santa Monica that was signed into law Wednesday.

    AB 1620 authored by Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur (D), whose District includes Santa Monica, was one of 56 bills signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom that aim to fast-track new housing construction and bolster tenant protections.

    The Santa Monica co-sponsored legislation is the first time the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act -- which allows landlords to charge market rate for most vacant units -- has been significantly amended since it was passed in 1995, City officials said.

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  • 10/13/2023 4:17 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    In Santa Monica, the overall median rent in the city stands at $2,203, after rising 2.1% last month. Prices remain down 1.4% year-over-year.

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  • 10/13/2023 4:08 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    It Marks the First Time the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act Has Been Substantially Amended

    Under AB 1620, which was signed on Oct. 11, local jurisdictions can require landlords to allow physically-disabled tenants (not subject to nonpayment eviction) to move into similar or smaller units on an accessible floor. The tenant would also keep the same rent rate and terms of their lease as long as the move is necessary to accommodate their disability, no operational elevator serves the floor of their current dwelling, the new dwelling doesn’t require renovation to comply with safety standards, applicable authorities determine the owner will still receive a fair rate of return, and the tenant requests to move into an available unit prior to it becoming available.

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  • 10/12/2023 11:24 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    One of the more significant measures Newsom signed this year is Assembly Bill 12, which will prohibit landlords from charging more than one month’s rent as a security deposit.

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  • 10/12/2023 10:45 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica's switch to at-large elections in 1946 exemplified a nationwide effort to disenfranchise Black and Latino voters, according to a joint study released this month.

    The 47-page report -- authored by professors from UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan and Harvard -- was released as Santa Monica is fighting a Voting Rights lawsuit that would upend its electoral system ("Supreme Court Reverses Voting Rights Ruling," August 23, 2023).

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  • 10/12/2023 7:26 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The Santa Monica Housing Division staff will be hosting informational workshop about the City's Below Market Housing (BMH) waitlist and program.

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  • 10/09/2023 9:02 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The project, at the block bounded by Olympic and Colorado and 4th and 5th Streets, includes AMCAL’s proposal to acquire the adjacent 27,176 square foot office/commercial building at 1640 5th Street, known as the “Comma Building”, from Lincoln Properties, for additional housing units.

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  • 10/07/2023 11:56 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    It is admitted there were flaws in the original TORCA which the Santa Monica Housing Commission’s proposed ‘TORCA 2.0’ is explicitly designed to fix. TORCA 2.0 will allow non-profits to buy rent control buildings that are offered for sale, and will then offer to sell to tenants the units they are renting, at prices affordable to even the lowest incomes. And renters can choose to buy without timelimits, at any time in the future. Renters who do not wish to buy can continue renting under rent-control and will then be permanently protected from Ellis or owner-movein evictions. 

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  • 10/04/2023 8:09 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    When Elizabeth Hirschhorn's Airbnb stay ended in April 2022, she simply didn't move out. She’s been living there rent-free ever since, and she refused to budge unless Jovanovic paid her a relocation fee of $100,000, according to a settlement offer reviewed by The Times.

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  • 10/03/2023 2:01 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City Council last week gave the go-ahead to execute an exclusive negotiating agreement that could result in the largest residential development in Santa Monica history.

    Affordable housing developer AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc. -- which was chosen from among 11 bidders -- is proposing a 338-unit project on a 1.85-acre site on City owned land near the Expo terminus Downtown, a company representative told the Council.

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