Sep 20, 2016
According to Health and Safety Code, Budget Motel owners must pay relocation benefits for tenants; with 340 violations do they care ? City prepared to assist tenants
The Budget Motel, located on 4th Street in Eureka was recently inspected for code violations by the City of Eureka, the County and the Fire Department had 340 violations.
Late yesterday afternoon, the City of Eureka posted a notice informing the tenants that they had until 8 a.m. on Thursday to vacate the premises.
In that notice, it stated that according to the Health and Safety Code, the owner of the property was responsible for relocation expenses of the tenants.
The owners of the Budget Motel were informed regarding their responsibility about the relocation expenses today, said Mr. Gerving.
Mr. Gerving said because of the short time frame; the Code requires they owners pay the relocation benefits within 24 hours; the City is prepared to pay and recover the money from the owners later.
The City will be meeting with tenants tomorrow or Thursday to follow -up.
The amount of the relocation expenses is $1,600 is based on $638 rent for a month plus utilities. Mr. Gerving said that the amount is calculated based on two months fair market rent, according to HUD; an additional amount is added for utilities which is determined by local jurisdiction.
The post will be updated if the owners respond.