Development Services

Tenant Assistance Policies

Long Beach is in the process of developing a policy to assist
tenant populations who are vulnerable to displacement. In response to City Council’s request on January 16, 2018, city staff initiated a research and stakeholder engagement effort which is summarized in the Report on Tenant Assistance Policies and associated policy recommendations,which were presented to the City Council on April 2, 2019.

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On April 2, 2019, the City Council received and filed the 2018 Report on Tenant Assistance Policies and adopted various changes to staff’s recommendations as a part of their actions. The baseline recommendations from staff can be found linked below in the Presentation to City Council and City Council Staff Report. Policy changes adopted by City Council can be found in the Final Adopted Motion.

The City Council directed the City Attorney to prepare a Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance based on the adopted policy recommendations and directed the City Manager to take necessary steps to implement the recommendations as presented by staff. The Ordinance still requires approval before it is effective and will be brought before the City Council for first and second reading. 

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Background

On January 16, 2018, the City Council requested the City Manager to present research and findings on potential policies to support tenants, protections for senior renters, rental assistance programs, and support for renters to move into homeownership.  Policy considerations were to include: (1) a “Seniors First”  policy to ensure that vulnerable seniors receive priority in rental assistance and relocation assistance; (2) options for new and/or expanded rental assistance and relocation programs;  (3) tenant support policies in other cities; (4) input from local housing and property owner organizations, including a “meeting of the minds” between the groups; (5) resources and enforcement tools to pursue negligent landlords (persistent code violators); and, (6) options for maintaining restrictive covenants in place (affordable housing preservation).  The City Council also asked for a report on citywide rental rates.

For additional information, contact Patrick Ure, Housing & Neighborhood Services Bureau Manager, Long Beach Development Services, at (562) 570-6026 or Patrick.ure@longbeach.gov