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ROH 09/19/11 <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS-2824 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SANTA ANA AMENDING SECTION 21-120r.1(a) OF <br />THE SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADJUST AND <br />EXTEND THE FEE CHARGED TO FINANCE THE CITY'S <br />PROACTIVE RENTAL ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA HEREBY ORDAINS AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. The City Council hereby finds, determines and declares as follows: <br />A. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana adopted the Proactive Rental <br />Enforcement Program (PREP), to provide periodic and systematic <br />inspections of all residential rental properties in the City of Santa Ana; and <br />B. The PREP is intended to uncover unsanitary conditions and life safety <br />hazards for occupants of residential rental properties, to ensure that rental <br />properties have operable and safe water, sewage disposal, heating and <br />electric systems, and to encourage owners or managers of residential <br />rental properties to make repairs and conduct preventative building <br />maintenance before deteriorated conditions upon rental property become <br />life safety issues; and <br />C. In 1992, City Council adopted a residential rental surcharge imposed on <br />property owners who choose to enter into the residential property rental <br />business to pay the enforcement costs of the Proactive Rental <br />Enforcement Program, including inspection and administration costs; and <br />D. In an effort to continue monitoring the results of the program, PREP will <br />continue for another four-year period, commencing on January 1, 2012, <br />and will sunset on December 31, 2015, to allow for review of the program; <br />and <br />E. All fees assessed for the PREP bear a direct correlation between the <br />amount of the fee and the actual cost of the services provided, including <br />administration, enforcement and implementation services specifically <br />related to the PREP. Further, the proposed increase will not result in <br />revenue which exceeds the City's estimated reasonable costs to provide <br />the PREP; and <br />Ordinance No. NS-2824 <br />Page 1 of 5