top of page

Updated: May 15

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the Glendale Rental Rights Program. We understand that tenants and landlords may have inquiries regarding various aspects of the program, and we aim to provide clear and concise answers to address your concerns. The following FAQs cover a range of topics, including relocation assistance, evictions, State regulations and more.


We encourage you to explore the questions and answers provided below to gain a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities under the Rental Rights Program.


Please note that these FAQs are intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. For specific inquiries or legal guidance, we recommend reviewing the program guidelines and consulting with a qualified professional.


What is the Glendale Rental Rights Program?

How much can a landlord increase rents?

Are there any exemptions to the Rental Rights Program?

What is a "Qualified Tenant"?

Who is considered Low-income or Very Low-income?

What benefits do "Qualified Tenants" receive?

For what reason can a landlord evict a tenant?

What is Banking?

What is the relocation formula for an increase over 7%?

What is the relocation formula for a No-Fault Eviction?

Does AB 1482 apply in Glendale?

What are the current Fair Market Rents?



Rent reduction provisions apply when a tenant is faced with a significant and prolonged decrease in housing services and amenities provided by the landlord in their lease agreement. Glendale's Rental Rights code outlines specific provisions regarding rent reduction for service reduction, ensuring fairness and transparency for both parties involved. Let's delve into this ordinance and explore what it means for landlords and tenants.


Reduced Services Defined:


Reduced services: Are situations where there is a substantial and extended decline in housing services or amenities initially included in the rental agreement and provided to the tenant as part of the rental unit.


Examples of reduced services may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Reduction of essential utilities (e.g., water, heat, electricity).

  • Decreased maintenance or repair services.

  • Closure or significant reduction of common area amenities (e.g., fitness facilities, laundry facilities, community spaces).

  • Loss or reduction of parking availability.

  • Reduction of security services.

  • Other services that were explicitly stated in the rental agreement.


Conditions for Rent Decrease:


  1. Tenant's Right: If a tenant experiences a significant and prolonged reduction in services as defined in the ordinance, they may be entitled to a rent decrease.

  2. Notice Requirement: The tenant must provide written notice to the landlord regarding the service reduction. The landlord is then given a reasonable timeframe to address the issue. If the matter remains unresolved within this timeframe, the tenant may proceed to request a rent decrease.

Determining the Rent Decrease:


  1. Calculation Method: The amount of the rent decrease is determined based on the extent and duration of the reduced services. It's proportionate to the reduction in services and calculated according to market best practices. This may be calculated as a two to ten percent of the total monthly rent based on the type of amenity as compared to other units when considering the valuation of such amenities in establishing rent.

  2. Negotiation Process: Both parties engage in good faith negotiations, considering factors such as the significance of the amenity in relation to the overall property value, market value of similar units without the amenity, and any documented costs or savings resulting from the removal.

Key Considerations for Landlords:


  • Promptly address tenant concerns regarding service reductions to avoid potential rent decrease disputes.

  • Engage in transparent and collaborative negotiations with tenants to reach a fair resolution regarding rent adjustments.

Key Considerations for Tenants:


  • Provide clear and timely written notice to the landlord regarding any significant and prolonged reduction in housing services and amenities.

  • Be prepared to engage in constructive negotiations with the landlord regarding the amount of rent decrease based on the impact of the service reduction.

Understanding the provisions of rent reduction for service reduction is essential for both landlords and tenants to navigate potential disputes effectively. By adhering to the guidelines outlined in Glendale's Rental Rights code and engaging in open communication and negotiation, both parties can work towards a fair and mutually beneficial resolution.


 

Exemptions


While the Just Cause for Eviction ordinance applies to most rental units, there are exemptions to be aware of, including:


  • Rental units located on parcels with two or fewer dwelling units.

  • Single Family Homes

  • Condominiums and Townhouses

  • Rooms or accommodations in hotels rented for less than 30 days.

  • Other limited circumstances.


The information provided on this website is not intended to be legal advice. It is recommended to consult an attorney and conduct thorough research before taking any action related to tenancy matters.


In Glendale's Rental Rights code, landlords are prohibited from allowing their rental units to fall into intentional disrepair. These regulations establish clear guidelines for addressing instances of deliberate neglect or damage to rental properties. Understanding these rules is crucial for both landlords and tenants to ensure equitable treatment and adherence to the law.


Intentional disrepair occurs when a landlord knowingly allows a rental unit to deteriorate, such as by neglecting to address significant issues reported by tenants. In such cases, when these issues necessitate repairs and requires the tenant to be vacated, the landlord is obligated to provide accommodations to the tenant and is prohibited from evicting the tenant on grounds of repairing the unit. Additionally, landlords and tenants have the option to negotiate alternative housing arrangements or benefits beyond those outlined in the code.


Required Notice by Tenant: 


Tenants must provide written notice to the landlord of any conditions that render the rental unit untenantable, allowing reasonable time for resolution.


Temporary Relocation Benefits:


If a rental unit becomes untenantable due to intentional disrepair or poses a risk of exposure to toxic materials like lead-based paint or asbestos, the landlord must provide temporary relocation benefits to the tenant. These benefits include:


  1. Relocation to a safe and comparable motel or hotel accommodation within the City of Glendale or within two miles of the tenant's rental unit.

  2. Reasonable compensation for meals if the temporary accommodation lacks cooking facilities.

  3. Reasonable compensation for laundry if the rental unit included laundry facilities.

  4. Reasonable accommodation for pets that were permitted in the rental unit.

  5. Any costs related to relocating the tenant to temporary housing accommodations, regardless of exceeding the tenant's existing rent.

  6. Any costs related to returning the tenant to their rental unit, if applicable.

Temporary housing must be available to the tenant within 24 hours of service or posting of any order or notice to vacate. Additionally, displacement and relocation do not terminate the tenant's tenancy. Upon completion of necessary work, the tenant retains all rights to reoccupy their rental unit.


Payment and Compensation:


The landlord is responsible for making direct payments to the motel or hotel for lodging, even if the cost exceeds the tenant's existing rent. All other compensation is payable directly to the tenant unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties.


Comparable Housing Option:


Instead of temporary relocation, the landlord may provide comparable housing matching the features of the tenant's rental unit. The landlord covers all associated costs, including rent, furnishings, and household items.


Per Diem Payment Option:


Landlords and tenants may agree to a per diem amount for temporary relocation in writing. This agreement must include the tenant's acknowledgment of their relocation rights and understanding of the agreement's terms.


Rent Payment Obligation:


Tenants remain responsible for paying rent for their existing rental unit during the displacement period.


Option to Voluntarily Terminate Tenancy:


If untenantable conditions persist for 30 days or more, the tenant has the option to terminate the tenancy voluntarily. This option is subject to specific provisions outlined in the law.


Both landlords and tenants should familiarize themselves with their rights and obligations outlined in this section.


 

Exemptions


While the Just Cause for Eviction ordinance applies to most rental units, there are exemptions to be aware of, including:


  • Rental units located on parcels with two or fewer dwelling units.

  • Single Family Homes

  • Condominiums and Townhouses

  • Rooms or accommodations in hotels rented for less than 30 days.

  • Other limited circumstances.


The information provided on this website is not intended to be legal advice. It is recommended to consult an attorney and conduct thorough research before taking any action related to tenancy matters.

bottom of page