Property (Owning & Renting)

Are you Accepting applications for Section 8?

No.  Due to a long wait list, we cannot accept new applications at this time.  However, please check back with us often for updates on the status of our wait list.

Do you give a preference to elderly and disabled persons? how about to veterans? and homeless persons?

Disabled persons are offered assistance ahead of single individuals who are not elderly or disabled.  We also give a special preference to veterans and to their widowed spouses.  We do not give a special preference to homeless persons.

Do you have a list of senior housing building in Redondo Beach?

 Please visit our web pages at www.redondo.org/depts/recreation/housing/default.asp

Do you have a Section 8 Program?  Are you HUD?

Yes.  We do have a Section 8 Program.  And no, we are not HUD.  HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) is an agency of the federal government.  The City receives our funding from HUD to operate a Section 8 Program here in Redondo Beach.

Do you have any listings of available apartments?

We sometimes receive apartment listings from landlords, and we share those listings with our program participants.  However, tenants are responsible for finding their own housing to rent.  We suggest the following search methods:  walk or drive around residential neighborhoods, looking for “FOR RENT” signs;  regularly check listings in the local newspapers, including the Daily Breeze, and other local papers.  Consider asking Redondo Beach  postal carriers if they know of any apartments that will be available; ask acquaintances, friends, family and co-workers to keep their eyes open for available units. 

Do you have emergency housing or emergency rent assistance?

No, we are sorry, but the City of Redondo Beach does not have an emergency housing program.  While we do administer a Section 8 Program, that program requires tenants to wait their turn for assistance.

How do I complain about a fence?

Contact Code Enforcement for more information about this issue.  They can be reached at 310-318-0637.

How do I get a copy of a deed?

Real estate records are available through the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office in Norwalk.  For details and locations call 562-462-2125 or https://www.lavote.net/home/records/real-estate-records/general-info.

How do I record a mortgage or deed?

Real estate recording occurs through the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office. Visit their website at https://www.lavote.net/home/records/property-document-recording/general-info for more information.

How do I report an illegal addition to a home?

Contact Code Enforcement at 310-318-0637.

How long is the wait list?

Currently, the waiting list for Redondo Beach residents (including employees who work in the City of Redondo Beach) is approximately 36 months.  The non-resident waiting list is considerably longer.  Non-residents may switch over to the Redondo Beach waiting list if they move or become employed in Redondo Beach. (The waitlist is now closed to new applicants).

How much can I earn and still qualify for Section 8 assistance?

The income limits change annually.  The current limits are listed in this site. (link to web site)

How much is my landlord allowed to raise my rent?

There is no rent control in

Redondo Beach.  With proper advance written notice, your landlord may raise your rent any amount, just as long as you do not have a lease that states otherwise and providing he or she is not discriminating or retaliating against you.  Also, be advised that in California, if the landlord plans to raise the rent by 10 percent or more in any twelve-month period, the landlord must give you an extra thirty days advance written notice.

I rent an apartment in Redondo Beach.  What are my rights as a tenant?  What are my landlord's responsibilities?

Landlords and tenants are required to follow California landlord/tenant laws.  You are welcome to contact our office for assistance and to ask specific questions.  We are not attorneys, so we cannot give you any advice, but our housing staff can give you information, including facts about:  security deposits leases, rent raises, repairs, privacy rights and more.  Also, you may want to attend one of our free monthly fair housing clinics or our annual workshop.

I'm looking for an apartment to rent.  I have two children.  May a landlord turn me down because I have children?

No.  It is illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to you (or to charge you a higher rent amount or security deposit) because you have children.  Additionally, landlords must not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, marital status, sex or for arbitrary reasons.  Landlords must also not discriminate against persons with disabilities. 

If you believe you may have been a victim of discrimination, or if you would like more information about the laws protecting tenants, we suggest you phone the Housing Rights Center.  Residents of Redondo Beach, persons searching for housing in Redondo Beach and landlords in Redondo Beach are all entitled to free assistance.  The Housing Rights Center is located at 520 S. Virgil Ave., Ste. 400 Los Angeles CA 90020 (800) 477-5977.  You are also welcome to contact our office.

Is there rent control in Redondo Beach?

There is no rent control in Redondo Beach, with proper advance written notice, your landlord may raise your rent any amount, just as long as you do not have a lease that states otherwise and providing he or she is not discriminating or retaliating against you.  Also, be advised that in California, if the landlord plans to raise the rent by 10 percent or more in any twelve-month period, the landlord must give you an extra thirty days advance written notice.

May I transfer my Section 8 assistance from another city to Redondo Beach?

Provided you have a “portable voucher,” and you are in good standing with your housing authority, yes, you maybe able transfer your assistance to Redondo Beach.  Please check with your housing Authority and ours.

My landlord is unreasonable

You can contact South Bay Center Dispute Resolution at (310) 376-7007.  The Center provides a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution services, including conciliations, mediation and group facilitation.

My neighbors and I don't get along very well.  They say my dog barks when I'm gone, and I'm irritated because their cars are always blocking the driveway.  We argue all the time.

You may want to call the South Bay Center Dispute Resolution.  They have skilled mediators who help people find mutually arguable solutions.  To reach the Center, phone (310) 376-7007.

My tenant is unreasonable

You can contact South Bay Center Dispute Resolution at (310) 376-7007.  The Center provides a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution services, including conciliations, mediation and group facilitation.

Tell me about Section 8 housing?

Section 8 is a federal rent assistance program that enables low income persons to live in decent, safe and sanitary housing that is privately owned. Tenants select their own rental housing, within the program guidelines.

Tell me about the first time home buyer programs (FHA Loans).

Information about first time buyer programs (FHA Loans) are found at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development web site: https://www.hud.gov/buying/loans

What City land or property is for sale?

Contact the Planning Division at (310) 318-0637 and ask for Brandy Forbes in the Economic Development Division (Ext. 2200) for current information on City property outside the Harbor area.  For information on property within the Harbor area, contact the Harbor Department at 318-0631.
More information is available at https://www.redondo.org/depts/hbt/business_assistance/default.asp.

What is Section 8 and how does it work?

Section 8 is a rent assistance program for low-income tenants.  Qualified applicants live in privately owned, decent, safe and sanitary housing and pay no more than 40% of their monthly adjusted gross incomes towards the rent.  The City pays the remainder of the rent directly to the landlords involved.