City of Santa MonicaRent Control Department1685 Main St., Rm 202Santa Monica, CA 90401(310)458-8751Email the Rent Control Board
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The Rent Control registration fee finances the services provided to administer the Rent Control Law. The current registration fee is $174.96 per unit per year. Registration fee bills are mailed to property owners each year by July 1. Payment is due by August 1.
Property owners who pay the annual registration fees on time may, with proper written notice, recover a portion of the registration fee from tenants at the rate of $13 per month beginning September 1. This monthly surcharge can be added to a tenant's rent in addition to the Maximum Allowable Rent.
The Rent Control Board may waive the registration fee for units occupied by very low-income tenants who are either senior citizens or disabled, except where otherwise prohibited in Regulation 11200. Additionally, fee waivers are available for some owner occupiers, some single family homes and condominiums, and units occupied by tenants with rents subsidized by a state or federal program.
For eligibility criteria including required documentation, please read Waivers for Registration Fees and Surcharges.
Once a waiver is granted, owners will no longer be charged for that unit. If the registration fee has already been paid for the year, a prorated refund will be issued to the property owner. Owners cannot collect registration fees from tenants with current fee waivers. The collection of registration fees where a waiver has been granted may be considered excess rent.
To verify whether or not a unit has a registration fee waiver, please contact the Rent Control Board.
Waivers for Registration Fees and Surcharges
How Are Surcharges Calculated?
Notice of Annual Rent Increase or Adjustment
Owning Rental Property in Santa Monica
Look Up a Rent
Regulation 11200, Registration Fees