LAHSA Applauds Extension of Tenant Protections in Unincorporated Los Angeles County
On November 19, 2019, the Board of Supervisors adopted both a permanent Rent Stabilization Ordinance and a permanent Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance to be effective April 1, 2020. In the meantime, the temporary rent stabilization ordinance remains in effect, capping annual rent increases at 3%. The Rent Stabilization Ordinance will apply to all rental units within the unincorporated areas of the County, unless those units have a certificate of occupancy after February 1, 1995, or are a single-family home serving as a rental unit. Rent increases may vary between 0% and 8% per year, depending on inflation.
Only one rent increase is permitted per year; if a tenant voluntarily moves out or is evicted for a “just cause,” the landlord may increase the rent to market rate. Other notable provisions of the permanent Rent Stabilization Ordinance include:
Eviction Protections: Landlords cannot evict a tenant unless it is for a “Just Cause” or “No-Fault.
Just Cause eviction examples include termination based on a failure to pay rent, damage to the unit, harassment of other tenants.
No-Fault eviction examples include: landlord taking the unit off market to convert to a condominium, move a family member into the unit.
Relocation Assistance: When a tenant is evicted through a “No-Fault” eviction, the landlord is required to pay relocation assistance. Tenants who are 62 or older, disabled, with children under age 18, or lower-income may be eligible to receive additional assistance.
Pass Through Cost Recovery: A landlord may be able to recover up to 50% of the cost of a capital improvement and/or primary to the rent-stabilized unit.
The Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance will apply to all mobilehome park owners and mobilehome owners within the unincorporated areas of the County, unless otherwise exempted, as well as to RVs residing on mobilehome spaces for nine or more consecutive months. Annual rent increases will be limited to the greater of 75% of the change in the average inflation over the past year or 3% of a tenant’s rent. Only one rent increase is permitted within a year and cannot exceed 8%.
Both ordinances provide safeguards against retaliatory evictions and harassment, require landlords/mobilehome park owners to register their units/spaces with the County, and provide notices to tenants regarding their rights under the ordinances. If you have any questions about these ordinances, please do not hesitate to reach out to Samantha Vethavanam, by email.