Eviction Ordinance Adoption to Be Heard Monday, Nov. 4, With Second Reading to Be Held Tuesday, Nov. 5

PASADENA, Calif.—In response to a recent surge of eviction notices and threats of eviction in Pasadena ahead of state law protections, the City Council will consider action on the Tenant Protection Act Temporary Adoption Ordinance at its regular meeting on Nov. 4.

Should the City Council wish to proceed with the proposed ordinance, it will conduct a first reading of the ordinance at its Nov. 4 meeting. To facilitate timely adoption of the proposed eviction protections, a special meeting of the City Council has been noticed for 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 5 for the purpose of conducting second reading of the ordinance. Publication of the ordinance will follow on Nov. 7, which becomes the effective date.

The increase in evictions has occurred in advance of the implementation of California Assembly Bill 1482 (AB 1482), also known as the Tenant Protections Act, which was passed to prevent rent gouging and arbitrary evictions. AB 1482 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2020. The new ordinance, if adopted, would be effective through Dec. 31, 2019.

This action complies with the City Charter, Section 505, which states, “No ordinance shall be adopted by the City Council on the day of its introduction.”

The purpose of this unique approach is to complete the City Council’s action to implement protections for residents being evicted as quickly as possible. Had the City taken the normal approach, given that the Nov. 11 meeting will be canceled due to the Veterans Day holiday, the ordinance would not be adopted until Nov. 18 and will not be published and effective until Nov. 21.

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