The Long Beach City Council approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday to cancel its own tenant relocation assistance law it established earlier this year, with officials saying new state legislation will actually protect more tenants.

The 8-0 vote Tuesday night directed the city attorney’s office to begin writing the new ordinance that would erase a law that went into effect Aug. 1  requiring landlords to pay relocation amounts ranging from $2,700-$4,500 if a resident is displaced from a unit through no fault of their own. The policy also protects tenants if their rents are raised more than 10% in a year.

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