LA County extends temporary rent control measure, expands scope

The ordinance covers unincorporated communities and limits landlords to 3% rent hikes

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Apr.April 10, 2019 03:00 PM
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is extending and expanding its temporary rent control ordinance on unincorporated communities.

The board voted to extend the temporary 3 percent cap increase landlords can charge, according to Curbed. The measure was set to expire in June and now will extend through the end of the year, according to the report. The extension is meant to buy time for the county to draw up a permanent measure.

The board also expanded its “just cause” eviction to single-family rentals as well, not just those in multifamily buildings. That means landlords cannot evict tenants without a reason that qualifies under the ordinance, such as failure to pay rent or otherwise violating the terms of the lease.

The county approved the cap and a suite of other measures in November, shortly after voters statewide rejected Proposition 10, a measure that would have allowed sweeping new rent control laws in California.

The county board, like all lawmakers statewide, is limited to regulating units built before 1995 by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, passed that year. If passed, Proposition 10 would have repealed the law, opening the door to rent control.

Landlords in L.A. County argue the board is going against that vote with its temporary measures. There’s also evidence that the measures are scaring off investors who specifically bought in unincorporated areas of the county because there was no rent control there.

The county isn’t the only jurisdiction considering new rent regulations. Glendale and Beverly Hills have both instituted new ordinances in recent months. Inglewood and Long Beach are considering measures of their own. [Curbed]Dennis Lynch 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Curren Price

LA invalidates evictions that landlords sent amid passage of new rent control law

Crown Realty & Development CEO Robert Flaxman (Credit: Getty Images)

Singin’ the Varsity Blues: Developer Robert Flaxman sentenced in admissions scandal

Assemblyman David Chiu and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Credit: Wikipedia and iStock)

California passes landmark rent control law

Carlyle Group co-CEO Kewsong Lee, Holland Partner Group CEO Clyde Holland, and the Sofia Los Angeles (credit: North American Sekisui House, LLC)

Carlyle Group pays $273M for big apartment complex in Westlake

29th Street Capital founder Stan Beraznik, Jason de Guzman, the firm’s senior vice president for acquisitions for L.A., and the three buildings at 131, 143, and 171 S. Burlington Avenue

Westlake apartment portfolio sells a year after tenants battled landlord over rent hike

AB 1482 is set to cap rents on units across the LA area (Credit: Wikipedia and iStock)

Here’s what California’s rent control bill means for LA County

From left: California Governor Gavin Newsom, Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, and California Assembly Member David Chiu (Credit: Getty Images, iStock, and Wikipedia)

The breakdown: How California’s new rent control law compares to New York’s

Gavin Newsom and Assemblyman David Chiu

Rent control has come to California

arrow_forward_ios