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Housing Issues

Housing Issues
We help tenants and property owners understand their rights and responsibilities, while encouraging cooperation. We also enforce the law through court actions.

Disability Rights


People with disabilities must get equal access to housing and to virtually all places of business. We take complaints and answer questions about possible violations of the disability rights laws.


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We enforce a wide variety of local and state laws to assure that Santa Monica businesses treat all of their customers fairly.

Smoke-Free Laws

Smoke Free Laws

Santa Monica is a leader in protecting its residents and visitors from the harms of second-hand smoke. Learn more about our programs here.

What's New

Volkswagen Emissions Violations Affect Nearly 500,000 California Drivers


Bar Exam Prep Company "Barwinners" Enjoined and Pays $130,000 in Restitution and Fines for False Advertising


City Attorney's Office Hosts Free Workshop: Fair Housing Issues in Rental Housing


City Attorney Files Lawsuit to Preserve Parking Spaces of Tenants with Disabilities to Pay More Than $1 Million in Fines and Refunds; Agrees to Permanent Injunction in False Advertising and Automatic Renewal Case


City Attorney Files First Lawsuit Under New Anti-Discrimination Law


City Attorney and Rent Control Host Santa Monica Landlord/Tenant Forum December 3


Santa Monica Bans E-Cigarettes in All No-Smoking Places


Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office Launches The Nifty Fifty Website For Tenants With Disabilities And Their Landlords


Whole Foods To Pay $800,000, Agrees To Sweeping Court Injunction In Statewide Pricing Inaccuracy Case


Santa Monica Landlord Found in Contempt of Court for Violating Stay-Away Order


Save the Date and Register! Santa Monica City Attorney's Office Hosts Free Fair Housing Workshop


City Attorney Obtains 10-Year Agreement to Resolve Harassment Complaints At 49-Unit Apartment Building


National Gold Dealer Merit Financial Targeted In Fraud Prosecution


Target Data Breach Affects Millions of Customers


Wilshire West Car Wash Convicted of Labor Violations


Pair Convicted in Santa Monica Vacation-Rental Scam


City, Apartment Owner Reach Pact on Harassment Complaints 


City Attorney Sees Surge In Accommodation Complaints from Tenants with Disabilities


Wilshire West Car Wash, Its Owner And Managers Charged With Criminal Conspiracy And Grand Theft 


City Cleans Up Misleading Green Advertising At Santa Monica Dry Cleaners 

CPD Staff

Adam Radinsky, Chief Deputy City Atty.
Eda Suh, Deputy City Attorney
Gary Rhoades, Deputy City Attorney
Paula Rockenstein, Consumer Specialist
Andrea Cavanaugh, Investigator

Johanna Rodriguez, Community Liaison

California Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications: The Nifty 50

Landlord/Tenant Forum: Legal Rights and Responsibilities

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Rent Control Agency and the Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office will present a free forum on tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities. This forum, from 9 am to noon, at the Thelma Terry Center in Virginia Avenue Park, is part of an ongoing effort by the City to increase public awareness in Santa Monica of how local and state laws impact landlords and tenants. Building on the success of last year’s forum, this year’s topics will include:

  • New developments in local law
  • What happens when a new owner takes over
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Disability issues and claims of “hoarding”


All tenants, property owners, property managers, and advocates are invited to attend. Registration is required by Friday, November 20, 2015. Please register early as space is limited to 90 people and last year’s forum was at capacity! 

A continental breakfast will be served. Virginia Park’s three-hour parking limit will not be enforced during the forum, but parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to use alternate transportation.


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