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On Tuesday, December 6, the Rent Control Agency and the Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office held a forum on tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities. A replay of that forum is now available for viewing here.
Along with a general overview of the Rent Control Law, topics discussed included: home-sharing and short-term rentals; owner entries into units; construction in occupied buildings; tenant buyouts, buyout offers and Ellis Act evictions; and fair housing laws. In addition, the Commission on the Status of Women made a presentation on legal issues affecting women's safety and housing rights.
A new issue of Rent Control News was recently mailed to tenants and landlord of rent-controlled units in Santa Monica. It's full of useful information. Articles cover the City’s Landlord/Tenant Forum, the November election’s changes to the Rent Control Board, the renewal of Community Corporation’s Housing List, and more. We also provided a number of community resources for issues as varied as getting legal advice, dealing with clutter and short-term rentals. As always, each tenant can also check the Maximum Allowable Rent for their unit, which is printed on the inside flap. You should have received the newsletter by now and you can also view it here.
Announcement of 2016 General Adjustment with $25 ceiling
At its June 9th meeting, the Board adopted Resolution 16-001 announcing the 2016 General Adjustment of 1.3% and imposing a $25 ceiling for rents of $1,885 and above. Tenants and owners should expect our summer mailing about the 2016 General Adjustment around the end of June. Tenants will get general information about the increase and the other fees and surcharges that they may be asked to pay. Owners will get a detailed MAR report for each unit they own that will be helpful in calculating this year's increase. Owners will also receive a Notice of Change in Terms of Tenancy form that may be used to notice tenants if they intend to take the adjustment this year.
Owners Must Disclose Tenant Rights Prior to Making Buyout Offers
At the Board's March 12th meeting, a new regulation was adopted (Regulation 9011) to effectuate Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 4.56.050(b), which requires landlords to serve a notice on tenants of certain rights before the landlord makes a buyout offer to the tenant. The notice required by the regulation is now available at the Board's office and here. At its April 9th Board meeting the Board amended the new regulation to require landlords to file "buyout agreements" with the Rent Control Board. Tenants are under no obligation to accept buyout offers and should realistically evaluate whether any amount offered is sufficient to cover the loss of a controlled rental unit.
2/9/2017 Next Regular Rent Control Board Meeting
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