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Pasadena Relocation Assistance

Prepared By: Melissa C. Marsh, Los Angeles Landlord-Tenant Attorney
Written: September 2019

City of Pasadena Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) Amended to Provide Greater Protections for Pasadena Tenants of Multi Unit Dwellings

Effective July 13, 2019, Pasadena, California has strengthened its tenant protections to provide increased relocation assistance to tenants of multi-unit dwellings (excluding single family residences and condominiums) asked to move through no fault of their own.

Under the newly enacted legislation, Pasadena landlords will be required to give each and all of their tenants the Tenant Protection Fact Sheet.

In addition, Pasadena landlords will now also be required to pay relocation assistance to displaced tenants under a certain income thresh hold (discussed below) asked to move for: demolition, conversion to condominium, permanent removal of the unit from the rental market; occupancy by the landlord or landlordís family member; government order to vacate; or if 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 exceeds 5% plus the percentage annual change in the Consumer Price Index.

TPO benefits consist of both (1) tenant relocation allowance and (2) a moving expense allowance.

Temporary Relocation Assistance Benefits for Pasadena Tenants

Pasadena Landlords shall pay a temporary relocation allowance to Pasadena tenants who are required to relocate temporarily to comply with a city, state, or federal housing, health, building or safety law. The temporary relocation amount is equal to two (2) times the daily pro-rata portion of the tenantís current rent. The tenant shall not be required to pay rent during the period which temporary housing is required. The Landlord shall pay the costs of moving and storage if tenantís personal property is required to be moved from the rental unit. Temporary relocation shall not be subject to termination of tenancy. Tenant shall have the right to reoccupy their rental unit upon landlordís completion of the compliance work. If temporary relocation exceeds 120 days, the landlord may terminate the tenancy with the additional payment of TPO Assistance as follows: (1) 2.5 times the monthly Fair Market Rent (ďFMRĒ published by HUD) plus (2) a Moving Expense Allowance of $1,338 (if all occupants are adults) or $4033 (if any of the occupants are minors, a senior, or a person with a disability).

Pasadena Permanent Relocation Allowance
# of Bedrooms HUD FMV Relocation Assistance
Single $1,158 $2,895
1 Bedroom $1,384 $3,460
2 Bedroom $1,791 $4,478
3 Bedroom $2,401 $6,003

Additional TPO Assistance is required for Tenants who have resided in the Rental Unit continuously for 10 years. If a tenant being displaced has resided in the rental unit for 10 years or more, then the landlord must pay additional relocation expenses and moving expenses of 10% for each year over 10 years that the tenant has resided in the rental up to a maximum of 20 years or 200% the base amounts set forth in the two tables above.

Tenant Income Eligibility Requirement for TPO Benefits.

A Pasadena tenantís entitlement to the above TPO benefits (relocation assistance plus moving allowance) is conditioned on income eligibility requirements. To be entitled to relocation assistance and the moving allowance, a Pasadena tenant(s) gross annual household income must not exceed 140% of the area median income for Los Angeles County. The current income limits are:

Pasadena Income Eligibility Requirements
Household Size 140% Median Income (2019)
1 Person $71,610
2 People $81,900
3 People $92,120
4 People $102,340
5 People $110,530

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