City Council Approves Ordinance Addressing Glendale’s Growing Housing Shortage

Glendale, CA – On February 12, 2019, the Glendale City Council approved amendments to the Just Cause Eviction ordinance to address the growing shortage of and increasing demand for rental housing in the city of Glendale, Glendale City Department of Communications and Community Relations released a statement on February 14, 2019.

According to the press release, the amendments take effect on March 14, 2019 and entitle tenants who meet certain requirements the right to a one-year written lease agreement option and relocation benefits.

Among the many requirements of the ordinance:

  • Landlords must offer tenants a written one-year lease on an annual basis where rental rates are set in the agreement and may only be increased once a year.
  • Landlords must pay relocation benefits when a tenant vacates a unit in response to a rent increase of more than seven (7) percent in a 12-month period.

Exemptions from certain components of the ordinance vary, however all single family dwellings, condominiums, townhouses, accessory dwelling unit, government subsidized units including Section 8 units, and parcels with two units only are exempt from the entire ordinance.

The Glendale City Council’s decision comes two weeks before the February 27 expiration of the two-month rent freeze, which it approved last November to address the housing cost burden and excessive rental increases faced by many Glendale residents during the Council’s deliberations about its recently approved amendments to the Just Cause Eviction ordinance.

To learn more about all the amendments to the Just Cause Eviction ordinance, visit GlendaleCA.gov/rent to find a link to the full text of the ordinance.