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  • 02/13/2024 9:39 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    I am writing in opposition to Item 5G ("Discussion of Potential Resolution for Charter Amendments for Additional Tenant Protections") on the Agenda for the February 13 meeting of the Santa Monica City Council, l and any proposal to adopt by Initiative, Ordinance or otherwise any proposal to condition eviction for nonpayment of rent on the nonpayment of any more than the rent that is past due, which in the case of a month-to-month tenancy would ordinarily be one month's rent. This proposal is unconstitutional, invalid, unenforceable, unwise, harmful to renters, unnecessarily antagonistic towards landlords, and there is no evidence that it would serve any useful purpose.

    Read More: https://www.smobserved.com/story/2024/02/12/opinion/eviction-protection-santa-monica-city-council-to-consider-a-solution-in-search-of-a-problem/8107.html

  • 02/13/2024 9:07 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    From the Los Angeles County Assessor’s office

    By filing a claim for Misfortune & Calamity relief within one year of the incident, properties that have sustained a minimum of $10,000 in damage or destruction may be eligible for a refund of taxes already paid and lower annual tax bills until the property is repaired or rebuilt. 

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2024/02/tax-relief-is-available-for-natural-disasters/

  • 02/13/2024 9:05 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    New Legislation Extends the Validity Period to One Year and Mandates Notarization

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2024/02/santa-monica-property-owners-important-changes-to-trespass-letter-submission/

  • 02/13/2024 8:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Some Santa Monica property owners and managers were caught off guard after police officers stopped enforcing trespassing laws in their absence unless notarized authorization was given.

    Under a State law that kicked in January 1, property owners and managers can submit the trespass letters yearly, instead of every 30 days, authorizing police to make trespassing arrests without being on the property.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2024/February-2024/02_12_2024_Property_Owners_Scramble_to_Meet_New_Trespassing_Notification_Law.html

  • 02/12/2024 12:20 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    At the start of this year, California State Senate Bill 602 (Archuleta) changed the trespass letter requirements to increase the period for the trespass letter from 30 days to one year. 

    Read More: https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2024/02/10/

  • 02/12/2024 11:48 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Pride in homeownership and economic independence have always been deeply ingrained in the American culture, symbolizing financial stability, security, and a  sense of belonging. However, many modern socioeconomic factors have made homeownership more fleeting, distant, and, for many, more impossible than ever.  

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2024/02/s-m-a-r-t-column-the-sunset-of-home-ownership/

  • 02/12/2024 11:45 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A California Appeals Court on Friday remanded the voting rights case against the City of Santa Monica to the lower court that ruled in favor of the Latino plaintiffs.

    The latest action comes six months after the California Supreme Court sent the eight-year old case back to the Appellate Court saying it "relied on an incorrect legal standard" in its ruling in favor of the City ("Supreme Court Reverses Voting Rights Ruling," August 24, 2023)..

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2024/February-2024/02_09_2024_Appeals_Court_Bounces_Voting_Rights_Case_Back_to_Trial_Court.html

  • 02/09/2024 8:49 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

     including prohibitions against drastic rent increases, unjust evictions and harassment. The updates are in addition to robust renter protections already in place, and in response to a regional increase in eviction filings resulting from the expiration of COVID-related protections, along with the ongoing housing crisis.

    The action will result in amendments in the Tenant Protection Code, Housing Anti-Discrimination Code, Tenant Relocation Code, Tenant Harassment Code and Tenant Buyout Agreements Code. 

    Read More: https://smdp.com/2024/02/09/council-approves-dei-study-and-authorizes-added-renter-protections/

  • 02/09/2024 8:41 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A veteran of the United States Armed Forces and a Los Angeles County prosecutor for the past seventeen years, Hatami is running for District Attorney, the job George Gascon has abdicated since taking the oath of office in December 2020. Hatami says he plans to restore the public safety that has been decimated since that day.

    Read More: https://www.smobserved.com/story/2024/02/08/opinion/reestablish-a-lawful-community-elect-jonathan-hatami-for-los-angeles-county-district-attorney/8077.html

  • 02/09/2024 8:38 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    If properties have suffered damage or destruction due to events like storms, wildfires, earthquakes, or floods, owners may be eligible for reassessment. To qualify for this tax relief initiative, property owners must submit an application for reassessment of the damaged or destroyed property to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office within 12 months from the date of the damage. The assessed loss should exceed $10,000 to be considered for relief.

    Property owners seeking more information or wishing to apply for reassessment can do so by visiting this link at the County Accessor’s website, and additional information is available at the State Board of Equalization’s website

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2024/02/los-angeles-county-property-owners-may-qualify-for-tax-relief-following-recent-natural-disasters/

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