Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0558    Version: Name: CA - Rent Deferred due to COVID ord request
Type: Agenda Item Status: Received and Filed
File created: 6/8/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/16/2020 Final action: 6/23/2020
Title: Recommendation to direct City Attorney to prepare an ordinance amending Chapter 8.100 of the Long Beach Municipal Code to require that residential and commercial rent deferred due to COVID-19 impacts be repaid according to a schedule. (Citywide)
Sponsors: City Attorney
Attachments: 1. 061620-R-7sr.pdf, 2. 061620-R-7 Correspondence.pdf, 3. 062320-NB-26sr.pdf, 4. 062320-NB-26 Correspondence.pdf
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Recommendation to direct City Attorney to prepare an ordinance amending Chapter 8.100 of the Long Beach Municipal Code to require that residential and commercial rent deferred due to COVID-19 impacts be repaid according to a schedule. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
On March 24, 2020 the City Council adopted an ordinance codified as Chapter 8.100 of the LBMC (the "Ordinance") temporarily prohibiting evictions of residential and commercial tenants due to non-payment of rent resulting from
adverse impacts associated with COVID-19. On May 26, 2020 the City Council adopted an ordinance \A/hich, among other things, extended the application of the Ordinance, subject to certain exceptions.

On May 26 the City Council also gave direction to the City Attorney's Office to consider the possibility of further amendments to the Ordinance which would require tenants to make partial payments of deferred rent according to a set schedule, and to bring back potential schedules for the Council's consideration and adoption. The Ordinance currently expires on July 31, 2020, and as such, assuming no further extensions of the Ordinance, tenants will be required to begin making regularly-scheduled rent payments under their leases on August 1, 2020, and will have until July 31, 2021 to repay all deferred rent in its entirety. It is important for landlords and tenants alike to have sufficient advance notice of a potential repayment schedule so that both parties may calculate and plan future rent payments accordingly.

We present, in no particular order, for your consideration and discussion the following three potential repayment schedule options:
1. Require tenants to make twelve (12) equal payments of all deferred rent over the year-long rent deferment period on the last day of each calendar month, beginning on August 31, 2020 (assuming the Ordinance is not extended) and continuing on the last day of each month thereafter.

2. Require tenants to make four (4) equal payments of all deferr...

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