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

General

There is currently a Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance in effect until March 31, 2020 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. Contact us for more information.

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 will become effective on April 1, 2020.

Here’s what the permanent ordinance includes:

• An annual cap of up to 8 percent (tied to Consumer Price Index) on rent increases. Some exemptions apply.
• A provision requiring a stated “just cause” reason for evictions, even if the unit is not covered by the rent restrictions in the ordinance.
Note: These units may still be subject to State rent restrictions/limits.
• A process for property owners who believe they are not receiving a fair return on their property to increase rent above the annual cap.
• A process for property owners to pass through a portion of the costs for certain property improvements or renovations to renters.
• 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.
• A requirement to register all rental units annually, including changes in tenancy, rental rate, and amenities.
• A provision requiring relocation assistance for “no fault” evictions and certain temporary displacements.

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

 

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.

The temporary ordinance includes:

• A limit of 3 percent on rent increases within a 12-month period
• A provision requiring “just cause” for evictions, with certain exemptions
• A process for property owners who believe they are not receiving a fair return on their property to request an increase above the annual cap
• A provision to allow certain property owners (50 units or fewer) to pass the cost of 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 a 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.

This temporary ordinance is valid until March 31, 2020. The Board of Supervisors has approved a Permanent Rent Stabilization Ordinance for eligible rental units in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County which will become effective on April 1, 2020.

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 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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