Published : Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 1:09 AM
The recently modified TPO now covers situations in which a change in property ownership has occurred within 18 months prior to the tenant being issued a notice of eviction, tenancy termination, or rent increase that exceeds 5% plus the percentage annual change in the Consumer Price Index.
Other circumstances which require landlords to pay relocation benefits to displaced tenants are: demolition, conversion to condominium, or permanent removal of the unit from the rental market; occupancy by the landlord or landlord’s family member; government order to vacate; or the displacement of tenants from housing owned by educational institutions under certain situations. Multifamily rental properties with two or more units on a single parcel are subject to TPO. Single-family homes and condominium units are exempt from TPO.
To be eligible for TPO relocation benefits, tenants must be in good standing with incomes not exceeding 140% of the Los Angeles County area median income. The current annual gross income limit for a household of four persons is $102,340. TPO benefits consist of a relocation allowance and a moving expense allowance. For a 2-bedroom unit, the current relocation allowance is $4,478. The moving expense allowance is currently $1,338 for adult households and $4,033 for households with dependents, disabled or senior members. In addition, qualified tenants may be eligible for increased TPO benefits if they have maintained a continuous period of tenancy in their rental units for at least 10 years.
For more information, visit the Tenant Protection section of the Housing Department website at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/housing/ or contact the Housing Rights Center at (626) 799-0211.