WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF REAP?
The Rent Escrow Account Program is an enforcement tool to encourage landlords to maintain their properties and to bring properties that have existing violations into compliance.
The Los Angeles Housing Department places certain sub-standard buildings into its Rent Escrow Account Program. By providing rent reductions and allowing tenants to pay this reduced rent into an escrow account which can only be used to make repairs or relocate tenants, REAP encourages landlords to repair their buildings. Under a contract with the city, ICLC advocates and tenant organizers visit properties in REAP to advise the tenants of their rights and to explain the benefits of participating in the program.
The purpose of the provisions of this article to provide a just, equitable and practical method, to be cumulative to and in addition to any other remedy available at law, to enforce the purposes of the Housing Code set forth in Section 161.102 and to encourage compliance by landlords with respect to the maintenance and repair of residential buildings, structures, premises and portions of those buildings, structures and premises.
The provision of this article shall apply to all residential units in all existing buildings, structures, and premises which contain one or more rental units as defined in Sections 151.02.
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