Information About L.A. County's 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.

Information for Landlords

On September 10, 2019, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors proposed implementation of a permanent 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 permanent ordinance is not yet in effect.

Here’s what the proposed permanent ordinance could mean for landlords like you:

  • An annual cap of up to 8 percent (tied to Consumer Price Index) on rent increases. Some exemptions apply.
  • 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.
  • You may only evict tenants for specific “just cause” reasons.
  • A requirement to provide tenants relocation assistance for no fault evictions and certain temporary displacements.
  • An annual requirement to register your rental units including changes of tenancy, rental rate, and amenities.

There is currently a Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance in effect in unincorporated Los Angeles County. Contact us for more information.

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

Information for Renters

On September 10, 2019, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors proposed implementation of a permanent 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 proposed permanent ordinance is not yet in effect.

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

  • Your property owner may only increase your rent up to 8percent (based on Consumer Price Index) per year. Some exemptions apply.
  • In some cases, property owners can ask and receive permission from the County to temporarily or permanently increase rent more than the allowable limit.
  • Your property owner can only evict you for specific “just cause” reasons.
  • If you are temporarily displaced or evicted for certain no fault reasons, your property owner may be required to pay you relocation assistance.
  • You may verify registration of your rental unit including the rental rate and amenities.

There is currently a Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance in effect in unincorporated Los Angeles County. Contact us for more information.

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

General

On September 10, 2019, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors proposed implementation of a permanent 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 proposed Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which is not yet in effect, would propose:

  • An annual cap of up to 8 percent (tied to Consumer Price Index) on rent increases. Some exemptions apply.
  • A provision requiring “just cause” for tenant evictions.
  • A process for property owners who believe they are not receiving a fair return on their property to temporarily or permanently increase rent above the annual cap
  • An annual registration of all units including change of tenancy, rental rate, and amenities
  • A provision requiring relocation assistance for no fault evictions and certain temporary displacements

There is currently a Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance in effect in unincorporated Los Angeles County. Contact us for more information.

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

Last updated: Sept. 11, 2019, 11 a.m.
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