Housing and Tenant Protections

  • Independent Survey of Residents in Affordable Buildings and Audit: Item to gather feedback on resident satisfaction with services provided, building upkeep, property management, etc. Also directs staff to perform an Internal audit of affordable and inclusionary housing units to ensure they are being used for their intended purposes.
  • Proposal to Modify the City’s Mixed-Use Bonus to Require Majority Affordable Units in New Mixed-Use Developments to Meet 6th Cycle RHNA Numbers: Directed staff to update the requirements in the City’s existing mixed-use ordinance to specifically require residential units to reflect and be in alignment with dwelling unit ratios mandated in the state’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation. (Also listed under Planning Accomplishments.)
  • Housing/Land Use Legislative Symposium: Item sponsoring a housing legislative symposium, to provide the West Hollywood community with information on recently approved state legislation and pending housing legislation under consideration in Sacramento that may impact West Hollywood.
  • Registration Requirements For All Rental Units In West Hollywood: Directed staff to amend the City’s Municipal Code to require all rental units in West Hollywood – not only rent stabilized units – to be registered and re-registered upon a new tenancy.
  • Additional Protections for Renters with Companion Animals: Directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to clarify that renters are protected from eviction based on the presence of either permanent or temporary companion animals under their care during the COVID-19 emergency; directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to require all publicly-funded housing to allow companion animals in their facilities and housing units for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency and encourage the City’s service providers offering supportive housing, transitional housing, and shared housing to adopt pet-friendly policies during the COVID-19 emergency; and, directed the City Attorney to analyze the development of an ordinance requiring all rental units in the City to be pet-friendly housing. Also directed staff to partner with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants for emergency boarding during COVID-19 hospitalizations or recovery. 
  • Housing for Middle Income Households: Directed Housing, Planning and Design Studio staff to collaborate on analyzing ways to incentivize the development of housing that expands options for middle-income households, including an analysis of the “missing middle” housing types. 
  • Regulating Short Term Rentals: Directed the Community & Legislative Affairs Division to amend the City’s established Legislative Priorities for 2019-2020 State Legislative Session to include supporting legislation to strengthen the regulation of short-term rentals, including measures to gather information on the number of short-term rentals in the state and the impact short-term rentals have had on the housing market.
  • Emergency Fund For Affordable Housing Projects: Directed staff to evaluate the creation of an emergency fund, which could be used to offset costs incurred by affordable housing providers to cover emergency situations including temporary tenant relocation.
  • Promote ADUs: Directed staff to research programs in other jurisdictions aimed at incentivizing the construction of accessory dwelling units ("ADUs") for affordable housing and to develop a program for West Hollywood. 
  • Affordable Housing Development Incentives: directed the Community Development Department to draft a Zone Text Amendment to allow a reduction in parking requirements for affordable housing developments (100% affordable) that provide car-sharing parking spaces and services on site. 
  • Designing Housing for Aging in Place: directed staff to develop policies and programs that require affordable housing projects and inclusionary units to be designed with accessibility features that go above and beyond the requirements laid out in the City’s building codes to ensure that community members living in these affordable units can age in place.
  • Innovative Housing Types and Policies: directed staff to study the feasibility of various housing types and policies in West Hollywood.
  • Revamp the Residential Referral List: brought the list into the 21st Century, including the animal-friendly referral list Spike advocated for during the campaign.
  • Proactive Residential Code Compliance: directed staff to develop a proactive residential code compliance program, which would include regular inspections of common areas of rent stabilized buildings, including, but not limited to, building exterior, garages, hallways, lobbies, rooftops, etc. 
  • Tenant Protections: directed staff to update the Rent Stabilization Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance to provide added protections to displaced West Hollywood residents, such as prioritizing their position on the City's inclusionary housing list, and requiring the replacement of rent stabilized units in new construction. 
  • Tenants Opportunity to Purchase: directed staff to evaluate the legal implications and public interest in developing a program that would provide the tenants of a building the opportunity to purchase that building if the owner decides to sell.