Lawmakers Freeze Rents for Some Caltran Tenants

By City News Service

A bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown will freeze the rents of some tenants who live in Caltrans-owned properties along the proposed extension path of the 710 Freeway in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena.

“SB 400 will provide long-standing tenants financial relief and the opportunity to purchase their homes at an affordable price,” said Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge. “Though I’m disappointed that we could not capture every tenant in this bill with a rent freeze, I am pleased that those in the most need of help received it.”

Caltrans has for decades owned hundreds of homes along a six-mile path that was to be a surface extension of the 710 Freeway. Lawsuits and political opposition delayed the extension, and the plan shifted in later years to a tunnel proposal that is also considered dead since the Metro Board of Directors withdrew its support in May.

In 2016, Caltrans started selling some of the more than 460 homes it owns, with priority given to renters who live in them and can purchase them at a fair-market rate. The bill prevents Caltrans from raising the rent before a sale for anyone enrolled in the Caltrans Affordable Rent Program, which is
available to low-income individuals and totals 123 of the tenants, according a state Senate report.

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