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Relocation Assistance



Temporary Relocation

Under certain circumstances, Santa Monica law requires that property owners pay a tenant's expenses when the tenant is forced to vacate an apartment temporarily.  Examples of when a property owner must pay such relocation expenses:

  1. Termite fumigation or "tenting" of the building
  2. Code violations where the City orders tenants to leave

More information regarding temporary relocation can be obtained from the City Attorney's website using the "Temporary Relocation" link below.  You will notice that the City Attorney's office information suggests contacting the Rent Control Agency for questions about the relocation law.  Initial contact with a property owner or tenant or mediation between property owners and tenants are often handled by the Rent Control Agency.  However, since the law that requires relocation benefits is part of the Municipal Code and not part of the Rent Control Law, interpretation and enforcement of the law are handled by the City Attorney's Office. 

The following link will take you to a webpage for the Consumer Protection Unit of the City Attorney’s Office that has information regarding Temporary Relocation benefit:

Temporary Relocation

For up-to-date information regarding the benefit amounts, use the following link to access a webpage for the Housing Division that lists the current information:

Housing Division Relocation Fee Info

 

Permanent Relocation

Under certain circumstances, Santa Monica law requires that property owners pay a fee to tenants who are forced to permanently move out of their homes.  Examples of when property owners must pay permanent relocation benefits:

  1. A property owner withdraws a residential building from the rental market (Ellis Act)
  2. An eviction so that a property owner or relative can move into a rental unit (owner-occupancy)
  3. A property owner seeks to demolish or otherwise remove a unit from rental use

More information regarding permanent relocation can be obtained from the City Attorney's website using the "Permanent Relocation" link below.  You will notice that the City Attorney's office information suggests contacting the Rent Control Agency for questions about the relocation law.  Initial contact with a property owner or tenant or mediation between property owners and tenants are often handled by the Rent Control Agency.  However, since the law that requires relocation benefits is part of the Municipal Code and not part of the Rent Control Law, interpretation and enforcement of the law are handled by the City Attorney's Office. 

The following link will take you to a webpage for the Consumer Protection Unit of the City Attorney's Office that has information regarding Permanent Relocation benefits:

Permanent Relocation

 

For up-to-date information regarding the benefit amounts, use the following link to access a webpage for the Housing Division that lists the current information:

Housing Division Relocation Fee Info

 

 

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