Culver City joins LA-area cities adopting rent control measures

There will be a one-year, 3 percent cap on rent increases in the Westside city

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Aug.August 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells and Culver City (credit: Antonio Wu via Flickr)
Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells and Culver City (credit: Antonio Wu via Flickr)

Culver City has become the latest Los Angeles-area city to adopt new rent control measures.

The city council voted 4-1 to adopt a temporary 3 percent annual cap on rent hikes and tenant protections in the early morning hours on Tuesday after a five-hour discussion, according to the L.A. Times.

The rent cap will be in effect for one year and applies to buildings built before February 1995. That cutoff was determined by the state’s Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995, which bars rent control on any buildings built after that year.

The city also adopted just-cause eviction measures, requiring landlords to prove tenants meet certain criteria in order to lawfully evict them, such as nonpayment of rent.

The measure is likely a precursor to a permanent measure. Lawmakers said the temporary measures ensure that landlords can’t clear out their buildings or hike rents while the city debates a permanent measure.

“We need to have the freeze in order to have the conversation because the conversation causes displacement,” Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells told the Times before the vote.

State lawmakers are currently weighing their own statewide rent control measures, backed by Governor Gavin Newsom, and a number of jurisdictions in the L.A. area have adopted measures similar to those in Culver City.

Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach have all adopted new tenant protection measures but left out a rent cap.

Inglewood adopted a permanent measure in June, and L.A. County adopted protections earlier this year. [LAT]Dennis Lynch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Stephen Schwarzman, Gavin Newsom, and Michael Weinstein (Credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, and Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

The fine print: Three California ballot measures that would rock real estate

The fine print: Three California ballot measures that would rock real estate
Rendering of the Vignes Street housing project (Credit: Los Angeles County via Urbanize)

LA County and city will develop supportive housing complex in DTLA

LA County and city will develop supportive housing complex in DTLA
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

LA County mulls plan to buy motels for homeless housing

LA County mulls plan to buy motels for homeless housing
Governor Gavin Newsom (Credit: Anda Chu/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

State bans evictions of pandemic-hit renters through January

State bans evictions of pandemic-hit renters through January
Renters and housing advocates attend a protest to cancel rent and avoid evictions in front of the court house in Los Angeles (Credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Statewide eviction moratorium extension would require partial tenant payments

Statewide eviction moratorium extension would require partial tenant payments
California State Senator Scott Wiener and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins

Statewide bill would allow duplex development on single-family parcels

Statewide bill would allow duplex development on single-family parcels
Kathryn Barger, member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

LA County launches $100M rental assistance program

LA County launches $100M rental assistance program
Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye

Statewide eviction ban, set to end, may get brief extension

Statewide eviction ban, set to end, may get brief extension
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...