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That condo boom got a lot of people scared and concerned. Once kicked out, where can one afford a living space in the same area with a decent price? That proved to be difficult for many, so they fought and thanks to the leadership of the Coalition for Economic Survival, there be some changes in this town. What follows is from their e-mail newsletter:

The new relocation assistance amounts for tenants receiving evictions notices for all types of no-fault evictions in rent stabilized units and for condominium conversions in non-rent stabilized units, dated from April 11, 2007 and on, is:

--$6,810 to tenants who have lived in their apartments less than three years, or $14,850 for those who are older, disabled or have minor children.

--$9,040 to tenants who have lived in their apartments more than three years, or $17,080 for those older, disabled or with minor children.

--From $9,040 to $17,080 to tenants whose income is 80% or below the area's median income of $59,200 for a family of four, regardless of the length of tenancy.

More info on the Ordinance from CES after the jump

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The Ordinance Also:

= Requires building owners to provide relocation assistance payments to tenants who voluntarily move out of a unit proposed for condominium conversion. Tenants who voluntarily move after approval of the map and before notice of termination are entitled to relocation assistance,

= Establishes landlord fees for the purpose of providing relocation assistance by the City's Relocation Assistance Service Provider.

= Provides for an increase in the Rental Housing Production Fee from $500 to $1,492.

= Establishes a compliance monitoring program to monitor compliance with tenant relocation assistance requirements when buildings are demolished.

= Provides for a fee of $186 per rental unit for resolution of income disputes.

In Addition, the Ordinance:

INSTRUCTS the City Attorney's office, in coordination with the Planning Department and the Department of Building and Safety, to draft an Ordinance within 45 days allowing the Department of Building and Safety the ability to deny a demolition permit if: (a) the vacancy rate is less than five percent; and (b) the cumulative effect on the rental market is significant.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department and the LAHD to utilize the actual cost of replacing a unit and other key factors as a basis for formulating a revised Rental Housing Production Fee Increase as part of a nexus study; and to report back to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee in 45 days with findings and recommendations. The report back should include the anticipated impact of the fees, and an analysis on what other cities have done.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department, Advisory Agency, to adopt a new department procedure for implementation relative to the Findings on Vacancy Rate and Cumulative Impacts, pursuant to LAMC Section 12.95.2(f) and revised application procedures for residential condominium conversions (as shown on both Attachments A and B of this joint Committee report); and report back to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee on its plan to enforce the new procedure.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department, Advisory Agency, to report back in 60 days to the Planning and Land Use Management and Housing, Community and Economic Development Committees on recommendations from the economic study for implementation of a long-term approach, pursuant to LAMC Section 12.95.2(f) with respect to condominium conversions and demolition/new condominium construction cases.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department, Advisory Agency, to prepare and post on its website a bi-weekly listing of approvals and denials on condominium conversions and demolition applications.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department to invite representatives of jurisdictions which have enacted an annual cap on the number of permissible condominium conversions to participate on the suggested panel of experts. The expert panel shall address the ramifications of creating an annual cap on not only condominium conversions but also demolitions.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department, LAHD, and City Attorney to report back in two weeks to the Planning and Land Use Management and Housing, Community and Economic Development Committees on the status of a previous August, 2006, request on the feasibility of amending the LAMC to require applicants to provide long-term lease guarantees.

INSTRUCTS the Planning Department, LAHD, and City Attorney to summarize the various policy directives related to addressing condominium conversions, demolitions and new constructions, and milestones and timelines; and to provide weekly status updates to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

INSTRUCTS the Housing Department to report back to the Planning and Land Use Management and Housing, Community and Economic Development Committees' with any policy changes