What is Rent Control in Los Angeles ?
Rent control, or the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance, is a collection of laws that mainly regulates how much a landlord can raise the rent and regulates
the reasons a landlord may evict a tenant. Rent control and eviction protections work in tandem. It's purpose is
to protect tenants against landlords that may evict tenants to increase increase their rental income. Rent control
is part of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, the ordinances apply to specific city boundaries and to to specific units
by use and age.
Most rent control laws:
Limit how much rent can be increased;
Limit how often rent can be increased;
Limit late fees;
Require landlords to give a reason when asking a tenant to move.
all cities have rent control.
The following cities in Los Angeles County have rent control. Cities enforce their own rent control
laws. For more information contact your local rent control agency:
City of Los Angeles: (866) 557-7368
Santa Monica: (310) 458-8751
West Hollywood: (323) 848-6450
Beverly Hills: (310) 285-1031
Allowable Rent Increases under LA City Rent
The allowable rent increase
for the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 is 3% if twelve (12) months or more have elapsed since the last such rent increase. Landlords
are required to serve tenants with a written 30-day notice for rent increases that are less than 10% of the tenant’s
rent, or provide a 60-day notice for rent increases over 10% of the tenant’s rent within a 12-month period. 1. An additional 1% for gas and 1% for electric service into the dwelling unit
when service is provided by the landlord.
percent (19%), plus 2% if the landlord provides the gas and electricity, for a rental unit which
has not had a rent increase since May 31, 1976.
Thirteen percent (13%), plus 2% if the landlord provides the gas and electricity, for a rental unit
which has not had a rent increase since May 31, 1977.
Ten percent (10%) for each additional tenant exceeding the number of tenants allowed in the original
rental agreement. A corresponding reduction in rent is required when the additional tenant vacates the unit. Security deposits
may be raised for additional tenants by the same dollar amount as the rent is raised.
Allowable Rent Increase after Vacancy
The allowable rent level after a vacancy depends on the
reason for the vacancy. The Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) provides that the rent may be raised to any amount
upon re-rental if the vacancy resulted because:
The tenant voluntarily vacated the unit.
The tenant was evicted for non-payment of legal rent.
The tenant was evicted for violating the terms of the
rental agreement and failing to cure the violation.The Ordinance requires the rent to a new tenant to remain the same if the
vacancy occurred for any other reason.
Rental Increase Exemptions in which the landlord may not raise the rent
upon re-rental include the following:
eviction of the previous tenant to recover the unit for the use of the landlord, his immediate family or
An eviction for
occupancy by the landlord, his immediate family or resident manager, where the landlord, his family member or resident manager
subsequently vacated the rental unit.
eviction based on the tenant’s refusal to allow the landlord reasonable access to the rental unit.
Rental assistance paid to the tenant was terminated when the
landlord canceled or failed to renew a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment contract.
Rehabilitation Relocation Rent Increase under Rent Control
This is a common question amongst Multi-Family Building Buyers.
Generally, tenants can be temporarily relocated while under major rehabilitation on a unit or a portion of the building as
stated in Ordinance 176544*.
Percent (50%) of the cost of the rehabilitation may be applied to rent increases up to 10% per month.
The City of Los Angeles Primary Renovation Program considers a rehabilitation opening walls, replacing: water, gas or sewage lines, electrical circuits, heating, air conditioning,
roof repairs or replacement, windows or dorr replacement. It is required that the landlord pride temporary housing that is
comparable to unit size, accessibilty, and location during the rehabilitation process.
LA City Rent Control Allowable Increases
LA City Ordinance 176544
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Los Angeles Rent Control Boundaries
First, you have to know whether you live
in City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles itself is a huge area covering neighborhoods we know by name, which are
so large that we think of them as cities: Venice, Hollywood, Northridge, Encino, Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, Sunland, Canoga
Park, Eagle Rock, etc. There are other cites in the Los Angeles area that have rent control, like Beverly Hills, Santa
Monica, and West Hollywood. Los Angeles City Council passed rent control in 1978 and has maintained it ever since. Rent
Control in the City of Los Angeles will be covered on this page.
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Los Angeles Rent Control Exemptions
Next, you need to know what units are under rent control. Rent
control covers all residential units in the city Except those fitting specified categories. The two biggest exemptions
units built after 1978.
Rented condos are now exempted from rent limits, by the State law, known as the Costa-Hawkins Act,
but not from eviction provisions in the code.
The single family dwelling exception means one occupancy unit alone on the entire land piece containing
it. It does not include many common situations in the city of Los Angeles that involve a house. A house in front with a converted
garage functioning as a second unit is not exempted, because it is a two-on-a-lot. A house in front with an apartment over
the garage in back is not exempted. A house split into two separate units is not exempted, because it is a duplex, whether
upstairs-downstairs, front-back, side by side, or a bachelor unit converted from a large bedroom or patio of the house. A
tenant who has lived at least 30 days in a rooming house where rooms are rented out separately is not exempted. Houses on
adjacent lots joined by a "lot tie" are not exempted, because the lot tie makes them legally one lot; a house straddling
two lots or shared utilities are the usual clues, but a parcel map would show the small diagonal slash along the property
lie which is the lot tie. Call us if you have any questions.
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