Information About L.A. County's Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has enacted 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 went into effect on December 20, 2018.

The temporary ordinance includes the following:

  • An annual cap of 3 percent on rent increases
  • A provision requiring just cause for tenant evictions (just cause)
  • A rent increase process for property owners who believe they are not receiving a fair rate of return on their property
  • A provision that allows property owners with 50 or fewer rental units to pass on the direct cost of the Measure W parcel tax to renters (approved by voters in the November 2018 election). This cost is separate from rent increases.

The County ordinance voids rent increases over 3 percent in effect after September 11, 2018. If a renter already paid a rent increase over 3 percent the overpayment must be returned. Property owners may either pay this back in one lump sum or issue 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. (On April 16, 2019, the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the temporary ordinance, and it is in effect from May 16 to Dec. 31, 2019.)

To find out if a property is in unincorporated Los Angeles County, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website at lavote.net/precinctmap and select “District Map Look Up By Address”.

If you want to find out if a rental unit is eligible or have questions about the temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs:

Click here to read the full Temporary Ordinance currently in effect.

Click here to read the full Amended Temporary Ordinance that will take effect on May 16, 2019.

Click here to read the full board motion.

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