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What You Need to Know About Los Angeles’ Rent Control Vote on July 31st

by | | Jul 23, 2018 | 2.5 min read |

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will be voting on a new policy to pass a temporary rent control ordinance on July 31, 2018. This Los Angeles rent control ordinance would cap rent increases at 3 percent each year.

Los Angeles is currently the fourth most expensive rental cities in the nation at an average of $2,340 for a one bedroom home.

San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego are the five California cities on the list of top 10 highest rental rates as of June, 2018. We’ve taken a look at other sources for rental rates which varied slightly. While this study is not representative of the daily rental market status, it is an estimate of the overall United States housing condition.average_rent_us_june_2018

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In Los Angeles, renters currently live in more than 631,000 apartments across 118,000 properties.

Current Los Angeles Rent Control Laws

Rent control varies from city to city. In Los Angeles, renters in rent-controlled units will only see their rents rise between 3 and 8 percent annually. In 2018, it is measured at 3 percent based on the consumer price index. Los Angeles Rent Control is now subject to change with this new ordinance.

How to Find Out If Your Apartment Is Rent-Controlled

If you currently live in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or the city of Los Angeles, your apartment may have rent control. They are the only cities in Los Angeles County with rent control, meaning, if you do not live in these cities, then you do not have rent control.

If you do live in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or the city of Los Angeles, you would need to know what type of building you live in, and when it was built. Single-family homes are rarely ever controlled. Duplexes, triplexes, and apartment buildings are subject to the ordinance. In Los Angeles, only buildings built and occupied before October 1, 1978, have rent control in place. In Santa Monica, the date is April 10, 1979. In West Hollywood, it’s July 1, 1978. In Beverley Hills, it’s February 1, 1979.

Enter your property address in the city’s property database tool, ZIMAS, to check when your building construction date, and if it is covered by Los Angeles rent control.

Tenants can also check the County Assessor’s website for their building’s date of construction. In West Hollywood, the city keeps an active list of all rent controlled units.

What You Can Do To Take Action on Rent Control

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a temporary rent control ordinance on July 31, 2018. You can take actions before the voting date to voice your opinions on the new Los Angeles rent control policies!

  • Email your District Supervisors
  • Tweet to your District Supervisors
  • Call your District Supervisors

Below is the contact information of all Supervisors based on District:

Hilda L. Solis, District One
firstdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
213-974-4111
Twitter: @HildaSolis

Mark Ridley-Thomas, District Two
SecondDistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
213-974-2222
Twitter: @mridleythomas

Sheila Kuehl, District Three
sheila@bos.lacounty.gov
213-974-3333
Twitter: @SheilaKuehl

Janice Hahn, District Four
fourthdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
213-974-4444
Twitter: @SupJaniceHahn

Kathryn Barger, District Five
Kathryn@bos.lacounty.gov
213-974-5555
Twitter: @kathrynbarger

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Ray Wei is the Content Marketing Specialist and Marketing Manager at Onerent. Ray focuses on managing and growing content on Onerent’s platforms including the blog, social media, and video. Ray has been with Onerent since the company has been in a garage and seen the team grow into many cities and departments.

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