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SEC. 151.30.  EVICTIONS FOR OWNER, FAMILY, OR RESIDENT MANAGER OCCUPANCY.
   (Added by Ord. No. 180,747, Eff. 8/1/09.)
 
   Notwithstanding any provision of this Chapter to the contrary, if a landlord seeks to recover possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 of this Code, the following provisions shall apply:
 
   A.   Ownership Requirement.  A landlord may recover possession of a rental unit  pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph a of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 only if the landlord is a natural person who possesses legal title to at least 25 percent of the property containing the rental unit, or is a beneficiary with an interest of at least 25 percent in a trust that owns the property.  A landlord may recover possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph b. of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 only if the landlord is a natural person who possesses legal title to at least 50 percent of the property containing the rental unit, or is a beneficiary with an interest of at least 50 percent in a trust that owns the property.  A landlord may recover possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 for use and occupancy by the landlord, landlord's spouse, grandchild, child, parent, or grandparent only once for that person in each rental complex of the landlord.
 
   B.   Residency Requirements for Replacement Occupant.  The landlord must in good faith intend that the owner, eligible relative, or a resident manager will occupy the rental unit within three months after the existing tenant vacates the rental unit, and that the owner, eligible relative, or a resident manager will occupy the rental unit as a primary residence for a period of two consecutive years.  Failure of the owner, eligible relative, or a resident manager to occupy the rental unit within three months after the existing tenant vacates the unit, or failure of the owner, eligible relative, or a resident manager to occupy the rental unit as a primary residence for a period of two consecutive years, may be evidence that the landlord acted in bad faith in recovering possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09.  It will not be evidence of bad faith if a landlord recovers possession of a rental unit for use and occupancy by a resident manager, and during the next two years replaces the resident manager with a different resident manager.
 
   C.   Comparable Rental Unit.  A landlord may not recover possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 if there is a comparable rental unit in the building that is vacant, except that where a building has an existing resident manager, the landlord may evict the existing resident manager in order to replace the existing resident manager with a new manager.  (Amended by Ord. No. 184,822, Eff. 4/30/17.)
 
   D.   Tenants Eligible for Termination of Tenancy.
 
   1.   Protected tenants.  A landlord may not recover possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 if:
 
   (a)   any tenant in the rental unit has continuously resided in the rental unit for at least ten years, and is either:  (i) 62 years of age or older; or (ii) disabled as defined in Title 42 United States Code Section 423 or handicapped as defined in Section 50072 of the California Health and Safety Code; or
 
   (b)   any tenant in the rental unit is terminally ill as certified by a treating physician licensed to practice in the State of California.
 
   2.   Application to most recent tenant.  A landlord may recover possession of a rental unit pursuant  to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 only from a tenant who is the most recent tenant, not protected from termination of tenancy pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision (1) of this Subsection, to occupy a rental unit in the building with the same number of bedrooms needed by the landlord, the landlord's eligible relative or the resident manager, except that a landlord may recover possession from a different tenant if a different unit is required because of medical necessity, as certified by a treating physician licensed to practice in the State of California.
 
   E.   Relocation Fees.  A landlord who terminates a tenancy pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 shall pay a relocation fee pursuant to the provisions of Subsection G. of Section 151.09, except in the following circumstance:
 
   If the termination of tenancy is based on the grounds set forth in Paragraphs (a) or (b) of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09, and all of the following conditions exist:  (1) the building containing the rental unit contains four or fewer rental units; (2) within the previous three years the landlord has not paid the fee authorized by this Subsection to any tenant who resided in the building; (3) the landlord owns, in the City of Los Angeles, no more than four units of residential property and a single-family home on a separate lot; and (4) any eligible relative for whom the landlord is recovering possession of the rental unit does not own any residential property in the City of Los Angeles; then the landlord shall pay a relocation fee of $14,000 to qualified tenants and a fee of $7,000 to all other tenants.  If more than one fee applies to a rental unit, the landlord shall pay the highest of the applicable fees.  For the year beginning July 1, 2009, and all subsequent years, the fee amounts shall be adjusted on an annual basis pursuant to the formula set forth in Section 151.06 D. of this Code.  The adjusted amount shall be rounded to the nearest $50 increment.  The fee payment shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Subdivisions 1., 2., and 3. of Subsection G. of Section 151.09, and the provisions of Subdivision 4. of Subsection G. of Section 151.09 apply to determine whether a relocation fee is owed.
 
   F.   Post-Tenancy Termination Filing Requirements.
 
   (1)   Three month filing requirement.  Within three months of a tenant's vacation of a rental unit, a landlord who recovered possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 shall file with the Department a statement under penalty of perjury that the rental unit is occupied by the landlord, eligible relative, or resident manager for whom the landlord terminated the tenancy, or an explanation why the rental unit is not occupied by the landlord, eligible relative, or resident manager for whom the landlord terminated the tenancy.
 
   (2)   Annual filing requirements.  A landlord who recovers possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 must, within thirty days preceding the first and second year anniversary of the tenant's vacation of the rental unit, file with the Department a statement under penalty of perjury regarding the continued occupancy of the rental unit by the landlord, eligible relative, or a resident manager.  The statement must confirm the continued occupancy by the landlord, eligible relative, or a resident manager, or if the occupancy did not continue, the statement must explain why the rental unit is not occupied by such person.
 
   G.   Tenant Re-Rental Rights.  A landlord who offers a rental unit that was the subject of a tenancy termination pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09 for rent or lease within two years after the tenant vacated the rental unit shall first offer to rent the rental unit to the displaced tenant or tenants, provided that the tenant or tenants advised the landlord in writing within 30 days of displacement of the tenant's desire to consider an offer to renew the tenancy and provided the landlord and Department with an address to which to direct the offer.  The tenant or tenants may advise the landlord and Department any time during the two year period of eligibility of a change of address to which to direct the offer.
 
   A landlord who offers to rent or lease a rental unit to a previously displaced tenant pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection shall deposit the offer in the United States mail, by registered or certified mail with postage prepaid, addressed to the displaced tenant or tenants at the address furnished to the landlord as provided in this Subsection, and shall describe the terms of the offer.  The displaced tenant or tenants shall have 30 days from the deposit of the offer in the mail to accept the offer by personal delivery of that acceptance or by deposit of the acceptance in the United States mail by registered or certified mail with postage prepaid.
 
   H.   Notice of Re-Rental.  If a landlord desires to offer for rent or lease a rental unit that was the subject of a tenancy termination pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09, the landlord must file with the Department a Notice of Intention to Re-Rent Rental Unit on a form prescribed by the Department.  The form must be filed before renting or leasing the rental unit.
 
   I.   Penalties.  In addition to all other penalties authorized by law, the following penalties apply for violations of the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09, and of this Section:
 
   (1)   If a landlord acts in bad faith in recovering possession of a rental unit pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision 8. of Subsection A. of Section 151.09, the landlord shall be liable to any tenant who was displaced from the property for three times the amount of actual damages, exemplary damages, equitable relief, and attorneys' fees.  The City may institute a civil proceeding for equitable relief and exemplary damages for displacement of tenants.  Nothing in this paragraph precludes a tenant or the City from pursuing any other remedy available under the law.
 
   (2)   A landlord who fails to file a statement under penalty of perjury as required by the provisions of Subsection F. of this Section, or a notice as required by the provisions of Subsection H. of this Section, shall pay a fine in the amount of $250 per day for each day that the statement or notice is delinquent.