Cleanliness and Trash

  • Keep units, patios, and adjacent common areas in a clean and neat condition.
  • Remove all trash on a regular basis.
  • Dispose of food items in sealed, waterproof bags and place in trash bins.
  • Large items (i.e. sofas, mattresses) shall be disposed of properly.
  • No items shall be left in the common areas.
  • All indoor furniture must remain inside the unit.
  • Feeding stray animals or birds on LACDA premises is prohibited.

Community Service/Self-Sufficiency Requirement

All non-working adult residents of the Public Housing Program are required to complete eight hours per month of community service, or participate in an economic Self-Sufficiency Program, if they do not meet an exemption. The required community service or Self-Sufficiency Program may be completed at eight hours each month or may be aggregated across a year. Any blocking of hours is acceptable as long as 96 hours are completed by each annual certification.

Adults who are 62 years of age or older are exempted from the requirement. For other types of exemptions, please re-verify with the LACDA.

Activities that satisfy the Community Service/Self-Sufficiency Requirement could include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation in a Family Learning Center Literacy Program as a reading tutor and/or reading listener.
  • Participation in activities which support the Family Learning Center or Family Resource Center.
  • Participation in the site Resident Council as an elected board member or performing activities related to the Resident Council.
  • Job training courses, employment counseling, work placement, basic skills training, continuing education, Limited English Proficiency, workfare, financial or household management skills training, and apprenticeship.

Click here for a list of Onsite Resident Services. If you would like more ideas on how to satisfy this requirement, please contact Resident Services at Residentservices@lacda.org.


Fire Prevention

Many home fires are preventable.

  • Watch your cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you need to leave, even for a short time, TURN OFF the stove.
  • Give space heaters space: Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. TURN OFF heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Do not place clothes to dry on stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, or space heaters.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach: Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
  • Inspect electrical cords: Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connection.
  • Dryer lint filters must be cleaned after each cycle.

Home Safety

  • Keep all exterior doors and windows locked when leaving the house.
  • Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended.
  • Be sure to turn off kitchen ranges, ovens, and heating units.
  • If you will be out of your unit for more than 30 calendar days, a written notice to the LACDA is required.
  • Use or storage of gasoline, cleaning solvent, or other flammable materials are prohibited.
  • Keep all walkways, hallways, and common areas free of clutter.
  • Do not tamper with smoke detectors.
  • Please report any crime or graffiti you may see to the police.
  • The LACDA takes no responsibility for lost or stolen items. Renter's insurance is advised.

Housekeeping Standards

Maintaining a clean unit is the responsibility of the resident. Management will conduct unit inspections, as frequently as necessary, to assure that the unit is being maintained properly. Housekeeping deficiencies will be documented and appropriate Lease enforcement action will be initiated for households that fail to maintain their unit in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.

You are responsible for the cleaning of the following inside your units:

General Kitchen Bathroom Storage Areas
Walls Stove Toilet and Tank Linen Closet
Floors Refrigerator Tub and Shower Other Closets
Ceilings Cabinets Lavatory Other Storage Areas
Woodwork Exhaust Fan Exhaust Fans
Doors Sink Floors
Heating Units Food Storage
Trash Trash/Garbage
Insects/Vermin

All common areas should be clean with no grease, dust, insects, rodents, mold, mildew, damage, and odor free. Please contact your management office if you need any repairs to be conducted.

All the areas must be clean and free from hazards outside your unit.

  • Yards
  • Porches/Patios
  • Steps (Front and Rear)
  • Sidewalks
  • Storm Doors
  • Parking Lot
  • Hallways
  • Stairwells
  • Laundry Areas
  • Utility Room

Non-Smoking Agreement

ALL LACDA HOUSING SITES ARE 100% SMOKE FREE
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE SOUTH BAY GARDENS PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

Smoking: inhaling, exhaling, breathing, or carrying or possessing any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other tobacco product or similar lighted product in any manner or in any form is prohibited.

  • Inform your guests or visitors about the LACDA non-smoking policy.
  • Submit to management a written or verbal statement of any incident concerning smoking.

For SOUTH BAY GARDENS SENIOR HOUSING ONLY:

  • Residents and their guests can only smoke in the Smoking Designated Area at the site. All other areas are smoke free.

A BREACH MAY RESULT IN TERMINATION OF THE LEASE


Pest Control

Residents are responsible for assuring that the condition of their unit does not contribute to pest infestation including, but not limited to, ants, cockroaches, mice, and bed bugs. Residents are also required to inform management of pest problems immediately. Charges may result for non-compliance of the Pest Control Policy.*

*Public Housing Pest Control Lease Agreement addendum


Rent

Rent shall be paid on or before the first day of each month. If the monthly rent is not paid in full within five business days, there is a $25.00 late rent charge.

Residents shall make all payments by check or money order payable to the:
Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA)
and ALWAYS include your T-Code.

Three options to pay rent:

Lockbox System Payment Online Payment Automatic Bank Payment
Mail all rent payments to a Bank of America Postal Office Box. Make payments online through the LACDA secure online rent payment service. Make Automated Clearing House (ACH) rent payments from your bank account.

Payment of other charges, which include damages, or unauthorized alterations of the residence are billed to the resident.


Satellite Dishes

Restrictions for installing satellite dishes and antenna:

  • The LACDA Management’s written approval is required before installing.
  • Only one satellite dish or antenna is allowed per unit.
  • The satellite dish shall not exceed 39 inches in diameter.
  • Location is limited to either inside your residence or outside your dwelling area (i.e. balcony, patio, yard etc.).
  • No installation on any parking area, roof, exterior wall, window, windowsill, balcony, railing, patio railing, fence, or common area.
  • Be sure that the installation follows reasonable safety standards and does not interfere with the LACDA cable.
  • Damaging, altering, and drilling holes in any part of the residence is not permitted.
  • The satellite dish or antenna must be removed by the resident when moving out. Items left behind will be subject to a charge for removal.

Unit Maintenance

  • Report any maintenance problems immediately as they occur. All emergencies will be remedied within 24 hours.
  • Replace your own light bulbs.
  • Disconnecting smoke detectors at any time is prohibited.
  • Provide your own window coverings (no sheets, foil, newspaper, blankets).

Utilities

    The LACDA gives all residents a monthly Utility Allowance which is meant to assist with the monthly obligation to your local utility company. This is intended to equal the amount necessary to reimburse you for the efficient use of utilities and appliances of your particular unit size and location. This allowance is reviewed annually to ensure that the dollar amount allotted per unit is appropriate.

    Paying the utility bill is the resident’s obligation under the lease. Failure to pay utilities is grounds for eviction.