Free workshops for renters and landlords

Rental workshopPALMDALE – The City of Palmdale, in recognition of Fair Housing Month, will host two free workshops for renters and landlords designed to discuss housing rights, laws and answer commonly asked housing related questions.

The workshops will be held from 9:30 to 11 .m. on Saturday, April 20 and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Both presentations will be held in the Palmdale City Council Chamber at 38300 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. They will be available in English and Spanish.

“These workshops provide an excellent opportunity to connect with our rental residents and landlords to improve the quality of life and investment return in Palmdale,” said Palmdale Housing Manager Mike Miller.  “We’re encouraging people to bring their questions so we can address them, discuss future plans and events and request your feedback to help shape Palmdale’s Rental Community.”

“Landlords and tenants alike often have lots of questions,” said Palmdale Housing Coordinator Terri-Lei Wheeler. “Questions like, ‘What are my housing rights?  Am I being treated fairly according to the law? What are a landlord’s rights?  How many kids do you have?  Are you going to have more kids?  How many people are in your household?  Do I have to accept Section 8 vouchers?  How do I get my security deposit back?  Who is responsible for repairs?  What about pets? What is the difference between a rental agreement and a lease?  What is the difference between the State and Federal Laws?  Should I get a receipt for my rent payment?  Do I have to provide a receipt for rent payments?’  The list is quite long,” added Wheeler.

“Providing educational support for our landlords and rental residents will only make the quality of life in our City stronger,” Miller said.  “We want to let our responsible renters know that we want you here for the long term, and let our responsible landlords know that we want your investment to be rewarding so you will reinvest in our community, neighborhoods and citizens.”

The Palmdale City Council proclaimed April as Fair Housing Rights month at its April meeting.

“Our goal with Fair Housing Month is to recognize that we have a very diverse community, a tapestry of economic capacity, cultural spice, quality of life values, neighborhood involvement, historic reserve, new investment, youthful talent, intellectual excellence, and much more,” Wheeler said. “Palmdale thrives on its community dynamics that offers an inclusiveness not realized by many other cities across the country. Our rental community is part of the tapestry that makes Palmdale a place to call home.”

For more information, call the City of Palmdale’s Housing Division at 661-267-5126