City of Pasadena Announces Second Unit ADU Program

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena’s housing department is launching a new affordable housing initiative that incentivizes homeowners to create an affordable rental unit on their property. The Second Unit ADU program provides very low-cost loans to homeowners who want to create a new ADU (the unit will need to be leased out to Section 8 tenants for the first seven years) and those who want to bring an existing unpermitted ADU up to code (no Section 8 requirement). “New second... continue reading »"City of Pasadena Announces Second Unit ADU Program"

City of Pasadena Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena’s housing department is providing rental assistance to Pasadena residents who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay rent. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides eligible applicants grants for up to three (3) months’ worth of past due rent, not to exceed $4,500 total. “Over the past few months, we’ve received a lot of calls and letters from residents in need of help because they’re suffering financially as a result of the... continue reading »"City of Pasadena Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program"

Pasadena Stood up for Local Zoning and Planning in Opposition to SB-50

PASADENA, Calif.—Senate Bill 50 (SB-50) recently failed to pass in the State Senate. SB-50 was originally intended to increase housing construction by limiting local restrictions on density near transit corridors and by allowing fourplexes in single-family areas. As originally written, SB-50 would have the potential to affect single-family zoned neighborhoods in every California city and would have significantly eroded local control on this important zoning issue. The City's planning and community development staff, along with outside legislative experts and lobbyists,... continue reading »"Pasadena Stood up for Local Zoning and Planning in Opposition to SB-50"

City Announces Modifications to Tenant Protection Ordinance

PASADENA, Calif.—Effective July 13, 2019, the City of Pasadena Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) is modified to provide greater tenant protections. The ordinance, which was adopted in 2004 and amended in 2017, requires landlords to provide relocation benefits to tenants who are displaced under specific circumstances. The recently modified TPO now covers situations in which a change in property ownership has occurred within 18 months prior to the tenant being issued a notice of eviction, tenancy termination, or rent increase which... continue reading »"City Announces Modifications to Tenant Protection Ordinance"

New Presale Self-Certification Program

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena Planning & Community Development Department is excited to announce the launch of its new Presale Self-Certification Program! The Presale Self-Certification Program will go live April 1. On January 28, 2019, City Council approved an ordinance that would replace the current Occupancy Inspection Program with the Presale Self-Certification Program. The Occupancy Inspection Program was adopted in the early 1970’s in an effort to improve the City’s housing stock, requiring a City inspection and approval prior to... continue reading »"New Presale Self-Certification Program"