L.A. County's Rent Stabilization Ordinance: For Property Owners
Information for Landlords
Note: Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have approved motions instituting a temporary eviction moratorium and rent freeze. These new rules supersede many parts of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance and will remain in place until September 30, 2020 unless extended.
The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a permanent Rent Stabilization Ordinance for eligible rental units in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County which became effective on April 1, 2020. Rent stabilization is a local law that standardizes the amount of rent increases and extends eviction protections.
Here’s what the permanent ordinance means for landlords like you:
- An annual cap of up to 8 percent (tied to Consumer Price Index) on rent increases. Some exemptions apply. (The allowable increase is 3 percent until June 30, 2021. Click here for more details about the Annual Allowable Rent Increase.)
- Rent increases must be based on the legal “base rent” a tenant was paying on September 11, 2018.
- A process for you to request to temporarily or permanently increase rent above the annual cap, if you believe you are not receiving a fair return on your property. (Click here to fill out the application for rent adjustment for fair return. You can submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- You may only evict tenants for specific “just cause” reasons.
- An annual requirement to register your rental units including changes of tenancy, rental rate, and amenities.
On May 20, 2020 the Board of Supervisors adopted a Fees Ordinance giving authority to DCBA to collect registration fees , as required by the Mobile Rent Stabilization Ordinance and Rent Stabilization Ordinance
Property owners must register each rental unit in unincorporated County and pay the applicable fee by September 30 of each calendar year:
- Fully Covered Units: $90
- Just-Cause Only Units $30
Note: DCBA is not currently accepting applications for registration. Please check our website for updates. The initial registration fee will be waived if you register your rental unit(s) by March 31, 2021.
Contact us at (833) 223-7368 for more information.
To find out if a property is in unincorporated Los Angeles County, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website at https://lavote.net/apps/precinctsmaps and select “District Map Look Up By Address”.
Updated September 4, 2020
Property owners who rent properties subject to the Los Angeles County Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) must provide each tenant a Notice of Tenant Rights (provided below).
Property owners and renters must complete this form and provide it to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), whenever an application or notice is submitted to the department.
Property owners must complete this form and provide it to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), if they wish to offer a tenant compensation (money, free rent, etc.) to vacate their rental unit. Details in form below.