Tell City Council That Unlicensed Businesses Do NOT Belong in Single-Family Residential Neighborhoods!

As of January 2014, unlicensed “sober living” businesses and group care rental facilities are now permitted in single-family residential neighborhoods across Burbank.  These businesses are NOT regulated and can operate next-door to homes, schools, and day-care centers.

Real estate corporations have already begun buying up single-family homes and converting them into for-profit care facilities.  The intrusion of businesses into residential communities will dramatically change the character of Burbank neighborhoods.  In addition, the people living in unlicensed care facilities could be at risk for neglect and abuse due to lack of oversight and accountability.

The clients and patients serviced by these businesses do not have to be permanent residents; they can be short-term (six month) renters on individual leases.  This means that the home next door to you could be converted into a boarding house that provides sub-standard care to a revolving door of tenants.

Is this what you want for your neighbors and your neighborhood?

Act now to protect your community!

  1. Write your City Council Members and State Representatives
  2. Sign the Community Action Petition
  3. Speak to your neighbors and spread the word.

For sample letters, click here.

To download a petition, click here.

To find out how this happened, click ­here.

To find out how Burbank can better protect our residential communities, click here.

Burbank City Council Members:

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy —
Vice Mayor David Gordon –
Jess Talamantes –
Gary Bric –
Bob Frutos —

To email ALL Council Members at once:
Council Voicemail (818) 238-5750


  1. jimgascoigne
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Jim n Judi do not want unlicensed sober living businesses, parolee/probation rental facilities. Rental facilities are permitted in single- family residential neigborhoods across Burbank. Next to schools, and churches.

  2. Elizabeth Shepherd
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. Shepherd does not want unlicensed sober living businesses, parolee probation rental facilities in the City of Burbank. Burbank has always been one of the safest cities in the State of California for families to live. Let’s keep it that way.

  3. Babs
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    What the #(&$# is happening to Burbank. Who in the hell thought that this was a good idea??? I would think that this should be voted on by tax payers. T & B DO NOT WANT THIS – unlicensed sober living businesses, parolee/probation rental facilities. Rental facilities are permitted in single- family residential neigborhoods across Burbank. Next to schools, and churches.
    Limit multi use and multi family construction as well. It is getting OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!

  4. Kevin Muldoon
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Dear Council Member’s, City Manager, Parking and code enforcement.

    I was pleased and surprised by the turn out at Tuesdays meeting, although I could not attend I did watch online. What I found out was that my family is not alone battling a changing neighborhood. My individual circumstances surround non-owner occupied single-family residents that have been turned into hotels and rooms for rent businesses. I am frustrated by the lack of code enforcement for this type of business operating in my neighborhood. We have 3 such residents in my neighborhood those McMansions that were built in the 90’s and sit empty because the owners never intended to live in them but flip them. Parking enforcement has been so ineffective that I think they’re ignoring my calls for days at a time. Because I’m not a street sweeping neighborhood we have cars that sit for 15-20 days and parking enforcement can only say they’re following the rules. I called and talked to the supervisor who was condescending about the issue but promised beefed up enforcement that never happened

    It turns out today because of the arrest of a burglary suspect across from my house we met one of the renters of the house at Sunset Cyn and Elmwood across the street from me. It turns out that 2 individuals rented the house and are now renting out the extra rooms on Craigslist and AirBnB.
    We suspected this but confirmed today by a renter that was unaware of the situation and is actually a victim of this scam. Last week I came home to a music video being shot inside the house with 60 extras their cars and noise, this was also a surprise to the renter we met today.

    What concerns me is that from watching the whole transitional housing issue Burbank does not have any plan for this type of situation. The City Manager Tuesday night commented that lots of those other uses are already banned in Burbank but code enforcement seems to be unaware or unable to enforce them.
    I don’t see any urgency from staff or City Management to immediately address and define the code on this issue we don’t need a 1 step 2 step on this one.

    I’d like to see in writing what are the rules of non-owner occupied rentals, sub-leasing rules, parking laws, license laws pertaining to boarding rooming or temporary stays like that of AirBnB.

    As I told you weeks ago for the first time since I moved into this house in 1985 I’ve had to install security cameras, you should see the great job BPD did today all caught on tape. Next will be a security system that is connected to remote monitoring. Monday a house a block away was robbed in broad daylight, and if you look at the crime blotter it’s getting really bad all over town. I have seen no outreach from the City, BPD or any contact pertaining to being vigilant in my neighborhood.
    I hope this letter impresses you to the point of action on this issue immediately.
    I would of CC’d the police chief, code enforcement and city attorney but on their home pages no email is listed.

    Kevin Muldoon

  5. SBN
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kevin-
    Please sign up for our newsletter. We don’t spam and we loved your speech a few weeks ago. We would like to keep you in the loop. Mark Scott is setting up a public outreach meeting with Barbara Kautz, an expert on Housing Law. We will confirm the date with everyone once we know for sure. It is tentatively scheduled in the evening of March 31. More details to come…

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