L.A. County Mulls Maximum Temps for Rental Units

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a policy that would establish maximum allowable temperatures for rental units.

Last week, the board voted 4-1 to direct staff to draft an ordinance. Supervisors Lindsey Horvath and Hilda Solis introduced the item. Kathryn Barger was the lone “no” vote.

“Setting a maximum temperature for rental units will protect our most vulnerable Angelenos, including older adults and families with young children, who deserve safety and comfort in their own home,” said Horvath.

Supporters feel the policy is necessary because of climate change. Los Angeles has already been experiencing extreme heat. By 2050, the average number of days exceeding 92.5°F could triple in Los Angeles. Other jurisdictions, including Palm Springs, already have similar thresholds in place. Palm Springs rental units must have air conditioning by law and cannot exceed 80°F.

It's not clear how the maximum threshold would be enforced, or even what the maximum allowable temperature would be.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


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