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Los Angeles City Council passes ordinance to extend leases for tenants with erratic hours

Los Angeles City Council passes ordinance to extend leases for tenants with erratic hours

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Los Angeles city leaders have passed an ordinance that could give some City Council members a boost from taxpayers in the middle of a fiscal crisis.

The legislation, which passed unanimously on Thursday, gives city regulators flexibility in negotiating with landlords to set regular hours and gives staff the power to extend a tenant’s lease if it is deemed essential for the city.

The legislation is a much-needed step toward stabilising the city’s housing market as local landlords face pressure from city officials, including the mayor and council members, to cut rents even further.

“We’re not going to have stable tenants if we don’t work together,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who voted for the measure.

The law, which is expected to go into effect in June, also sets an additional requirement for tenants who have a history of mental health issues, drug addiction, gambling addictions or excessive drinking. Failure to meet the requirement can lead to the termination of an individual’s lease.

There are 1,700 employees with no established schedule and without security of tenure at the Los Angeles City and County Building, said Amy S. Purdom, director of business operations for the City’s Department of Construction and Inspections.

Some of the city’s 10,900 employees are unionized, as are more than 200 people who work on the Los Angeles Superior court.

About half of the city’s building management workers are part time, with the rest on an unpredictable schedule, Purdom said.

“These are our people,” she said. “We’ve got to make sure that we are able to get the best employees into the building, so that we don’t have to bring people back and forth for interviews.”

City officials have called these employees the “vital link” to city operations and “the backbone of our economic success.”

The ordinance, originally drafted by the Office of Management and Finance, would extend the lease of employees with erratic hours to a maximum of 20 months.

Any employee with an erratic schedule could extend their lease, with the condition that

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