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Stiffer landlord fines for failed upkeep OKd in Long Beach

Long Beach City Hall on March 28, 2013.

Long Beach City Hall on March 28, 2013. Credit: Tara Conry

Long Beach has approved new, stiffer penalties for landlords who do not maintain their properties, and more tough measures could be on the way.

A change approved by the city council on Tuesday night quadruples the fine for failing to make repairs, to $1,000 per day. The measure changes city codes so Long Beach can levy fines against owners and managers of buildings with 25 or more units, according to documents filed at City Hall.

The City Council approved the change unanimously.

The city also will soon consider a code change that would extend the same penalties for owners of multiple-family buildings with less than 25 units. The city council unanimously voted on Tuesday to hold a Sept. 3 public hearing on that proposed change.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St. in Long Beach.

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