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

Information for Tenants About Los Angeles County’s Proposed Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has proposed implementation of a temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance for eligible rental units in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Rent stabilization is a local law that standardizes the amount of rent increases and extends eviction protections. The temporary ordinance is not yet in effect.

Here’s what it could mean for renters like you:

  • Your landlord will not be able to raise your rent more than 3 percent per year
  • In some cases, landlords can ask and receive permission from the County to increase rent more than 3 percent
  • Your landlord can only evict you for specific “just cause” reasons
  • If your landlord owns 50 or fewer rental units, they may be able to pass through direct costs associated with the Measure W parcel tax (if approved by voters in the Nov.2018 election)

The County ordinance could possibly void increases over 3 percent issued on or after Sept. 11, 2018.

If approved, the temporary ordinance would be in effect for six months from the date of adoption. The Board of Supervisors can extend the temporary ordinance, as necessary, or vote to replace it with a permanent ordinance.

If you’re not sure if you live in unincorporated Los Angeles County, visit the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk website at lavote.net/precinctmap and select “District Map Look Up By Address”.

If you have questions, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs:

Information About Los Angeles County’s Proposed Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has proposed implementation of a temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance for eligible rental units in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Rent stabilization is a local law that standardizes the amount of rent increases and extends eviction protections. The temporary ordinance is not yet in effect.

Here’s what it could mean for landlords like you:

  • An annual cap of 3 percent on rent increases
  • Rent increases must be based on the legal “base rent” a tenant was paying on Sept. 11, 2018
  • If you believe you are not receiving a fair rate of return on your property, a process will be in place for you to request to increase rent above the annual cap
  • You may only evict tenants for specific “just cause” reasons
  • If you own 50 or fewer rental units, you may be able to pass through direct costs associated with the Measure W parcel tax (if approved by voters in the Nov. 2018 election)

The County ordinance could possibly void increases over 3 percent issued on or after Sept. 11, 2018.

If approved, the temporary ordinance would be in effect for six months from the date of adoption. The Board of Supervisors can extend the temporary ordinance, as necessary, or vote to replace it with a permanent ordinance. Single-family homes, condominiums, and some apartments will not be considered eligible rental units.

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

If you have questions, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs:

  • Phone: (833) 223-RENT (7368)
  • Email: RentStabilization@dcba.lacounty.gov.

For more information, visit dcba.lacounty.gov/rentstabilization

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a board motion on September 11, 2018 to address increasing rents and evictions without just cause in Los Angeles County.

The proposed temporary ordinance would include 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 landlords who believe they are not receiving a fair rate of return on their property
  • A provision to permit small property owners (50 units or fewer) to pass through to tenants the direct cost of Measure W parcel tax (if approved by the voters)

The County ordinance could possibly void increases over 3 percent issued on or after Sept. 11, 2018.

If approved, the temporary ordinance would be in effect for six months from the date of adoption. The Board of Supervisors can extend the temporary ordinance, as necessary, or vote to replace it with a permanent ordinance.

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

Click here to read the full board motion.

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