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    CEO of Apartment Association of Greater L.A. Weighs in on New One-Year Minimum Lease Term for All Property Types in WeHo

    Daniel M. Yukelson, the Executive Director of Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA), is weighing in on the City of West Hollywood’s move to impose a one-year minimum lease term for single family and condominium rentals.

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    West Hollywood Foolishly Imposes One-Year Minimum Lease for ALL Property Types.

    At the West Hollywood City Council meeting on March 18th, the Council voted unanimously to impose a one-year minimum lease term for single family and condominium rentals, up from 31 days previously.

    Clearly, this latest move shows how radical and extreme the current City Council views housing issues, and to make matters worse, this City Council went far above and beyond recommendations made by both City staff and the Planning Commission that felt it would be appropriate to increase the minimum lease term from 31 days to just 60 days. But instead this City Council catapulted the minimum lease term requirements into the Stratosphere by setting them at one full year – 12 months instead of just two or the original one.

    Now property owners who have a single family home or condominium are in the same “boat” as multi-family owners who are already required by West Hollywood to impose a minimum, one-year lease on renters whether that term commitment is what they wish for or not.  This is clear and convincing evidence that it is not just multi-family owners that are under attack by this City Council and its tenant activist minions, but ALL residential property owners. And, once again, this City Council has shown us evidence of its commitment to wrongful taking over control of private property rights.

    In many cases, shorter lease terms are an obvious need by both property owners and renters alike. Owners may be struggling to keep up with costs and a pay mortgage on a home, may wish to make extra income by renting a single family home or condominium temporarily while they are out of town on business, such as many “West Hollywoodians” in the entertainment industry are often required to leave town on extended film or television productions.  Renters very often also have the same short-term needs as when they are visiting the City temporarily to care for loved ones who may be receiving needed medical care at nearby hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai.

    City staff, in its report to the City Council, even acknowledged that the average stay at Cedars-Sinai is currently 25 days, yet blinded by their own leftist zeal, the City Council ignored this important fact.  Rather, the City Council prefers to force a family in need to temporary housing to care for a love one to commit to rental housing for far a longer period of time than is necessary, which will make staying nearby cost prohibitive for most.

    Unfortunately, rather than showing concern and compassion for family members who are caring for a sick relative or helping out a property owner attempting to make financial ends meet, the City Council fixated on stripping private property rights away from owners instead of balancing the interests of all community members.

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    About AAGLA:

    AAGLA is a non-profit association consisting of rental housing providers and residential property management professionals throughout the Southern California region. Their main goal is to provide the tools and resources needed to improve real estate management and operations to ultimately help our members provide safe housing and to ensure fair returns on their investments.

    For more than 100 years, AAGLA has been advocating for the protection of property rights on behalf of our members and the rental housing industry. Today, our association has grown to assist more than 10,000 members, each of whom own or manage over 300,000 rental housing units throughout our territory in Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties.

    To learn more, visit: https://aagla.org/

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    West
    West
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    1 month ago

    Corporate landlords love short term rentals for the hotel style revenue without the responsibility. Mom and pop landlords tend to be renting average units different than those on air bnb. The most salient point was that of fundamental private property rights needing to be guarded. But let’s be honest about who generally benefits here.

    ophir benami
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    1 month ago

    this is a wonderful idea, for the permanent residents of west hollywood! i live next to a four unit building that all four units are air b&b. for me its a nightmare. buildings are very close to each other, and we hear each other’s living sounds which is not such a bad thing – only i have to adjust and get used to different living sounds every 2-3 weeks and… its a nightmare. each guest (not tenant) comes with their culture, their habits, their pets, their guests and even their smells. its a lot to readjust again and again every… Read more »

    Last edited 1 month ago by ophir benami
    Natasha
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    2 months ago

    This is a ridiculous new law. What was the issue with 30 days? There is a big demand for short term housing in our area. Government needs to stop telling people what to do with their private property unless there is a specific safety issue involved. We have much bigger problems to solve in WEHO than this. People are getting fed up with all these restrictive laws.

    sam
    sam
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    2 months ago

    Will this item go back to the planning commission for debate and can they override the council’s decision?

    Pro Neighborhoods
    Pro Neighborhoods
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    2 months ago

    “Today, our association has grown to assist more than 10,000 members, each of whom own or manage over 300,000 rental housing units throughout our territory in Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties.” This is all you needed to say. Lobbyists going to lobby.

    People who want to live with neighbors who are invested (not just financially) in their neighborhoods are thrilled by what the city council did.

    Catherine
    Catherine
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    2 months ago

    What is unfortunate is how the city informs and notifies the residents about these laws. I saw SOME of the council meeting in which this was discussed. Other than this story, I’ve not seen any other info. I have tried checking the city website TWICE for info/updates but I am unable to find the info.

    Also, I heard CM Meister ask a great question about squatters rights might effect these laws- I hope that is a consideration that the city is making while adopting this new time frame.

    F. Lee Adama
    F. Lee Adama
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    2 months ago

    “blinded by their own leftist zeal” !?!

    Are you lost?

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