The Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance took effect on December 20, 2018 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 “just cause” eviction protections.
Here’s what it means for property owners like you:
- You may only increase rent up to 3 percent within a 12-month period;
- Rent increases must be based on the legal “base rent” a renter was paying on September 11, 2018 or the date the tenancy began;
- If you believe you are not receiving a fair return on your property, a process is in place for you to request an increase above the annual cap;
- You may only evict renters for specific “just cause” reasons
- If you own 50 or fewer rental units, you may pass the cost associated with the Measure W parcel tax on to renters (approved by voters in the November 2018 election).
Effective May 16, 2019, the Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance extended “just cause” eviction protections to most residential rental units in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County—even those not covered by rent stabilization. Call DCBA to find out if your rental unit is covered.
The Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance voids rent increases over 3 percent of the monthly rent in effect on or after September 11, 2018.
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 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
- Mailing address: 500 W. Temple St. Room B-96 Los Angeles, CA 90012