Throughout the county there are rental units that have major code violations and pose a threat to the health and safety of the tenants. In these situations, County Code Enforcement must act and as a result the tenants are temporarily or permanently displaced. These tenants are low-income and need assistance in relocating. To address this matter, the Board adopted an Ordinance which set forth property owner obligation with respect to tenants displaced from unsafe or substandard units. The Ordinance included a provision providing that it would sunset one year, March 15, 2018.
Since then the pilot program has provided benefits to tenants to relocate with assistance. During our February 13, 2018 Board of Supervisor meeting, an ordinance was introduced to remove sunset provision so that the Ordinance remains in effect permanently. Staff also recommends the addition of an anti-retaliation provision. All board members unanimously agreed to move forward with the ordinance.