The Affordable Housing/ Renters’ Rights Committee of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s Empowerment Congress is scheduled to hold a workshop on Westside renters’ rights issues in Saturday, February 9th.

The meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building hearing room, 1645 Corinth Ave., West Los Angeles.

The committee has scheduled the workshop in an effort to address the loss of affordable rental housing and the dislocation of renters due to condominium conversion projects in the 11th Council District.

The workshop will address issues such as rent control, evictions, the Ellis Act — a state law that allows landlords to go out of the rental business — relocation, leases and other affordable housing issues.

The event will provide information useful to renters if they live in housing that is rent-controlled or is the target of present and future development, or if they want to know more about municipal and state resources that serve to protect the rights of all renters, the committee said.

“Renters make up 62 percent of the residents in my district,” said Rosendahl. “Yet, they are at an enormous disadvantage — in terms of information and resources — in getting their fair share and in getting people to honor their rights.”

Development-based evictions will be the major focus of the workshop’s broad program, covering the law, issues and resources that pertain to renting in the City of Los Angeles.

“In this district, tenants of some 800 rental units were evicted and forced to relocate in 2006,” said Mindy Meyer, chair of the Affordable Housing/Renters’ Rights Committee, “and while the number varies every year, loss of affordable rental housing persists as a serious problem in our district.”

Eight housing experts will be presenters at the event.

Refreshments will be served and Spanish translation will be provided.

All attendees will be given a copy of the Renters’ Rights 101 Workbook, containing notes on subjects discussed during the event as well as other information.

Information, Ken Marsh, (310) 903-2173, or kmarsh@ ca.rr.com/.

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