The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has implemented a Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance for eligible rental units in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Rent stabilization is a local law that establishes limits on rent increases and extends eviction protections. The ordinance will go into effect on December 20, 2018.
Here is what it means for renters like you:
- Your property owner may increase your rent up to three percent per year
- In some cases, property owners can submit a petition to the county to ask for permission to increase rent more than 3 percent
- Your property owner can only evict you for specific “just cause” reasons
- If your property owner owns 50 or fewer rental units, they may additionally pass on the direct cost of the Measure W parcel tax to renters (approved by voters in the November 2018 election)
The County ordinance voids rent increases over 3 percent in effect after September 11, 2018. If you already paid a rent increase over 3 percent you are entitled to a credit for the balance of the overpayment. Your property owner may either pay you back in one lump sum or issue you a credit against future rent due over a six-month period.
The temporary ordinance will be in effect for 180 days from its effective date of December 20, 2018. The Board of Supervisors can extend the temporary ordinance, as necessary, or vote to replace it with a permanent ordinance.
If you want to find out if your rental unit is eligible or have questions about the temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs:
- Phone: (833) 223-RENT (7368)
- Email: Rent@dcba.lacounty.gov
- For more information, visit rent.lacounty.gov